A Life of Jim CorbettBook - 1986
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Jim Corbett was born in the northern Indian hill station of Naini Tal, near the border with western Nepal, in 1875, the 8th child of Christopher Corbett, the town's postmaster. From childhood, Jim Corbett was immersed in the jungle, absorbed the local languages, and became a skilled hunter to put food on his family's table. He killed his first leopard when he was eight years old. Although he worked for over 20 years on a railway in eastern India, he returned regularly to Naini Tal to visit family and to hunt. After the First World War, where he commanded, in France, a labour brigade composed of northern Indians, he retired from the railroad to pursue business and farming in Naini Tal. Over the next two decades he became well known for hunting down and shooting man-eating tigers and leopards. Gradually over this period, Corbett realized that wildlife and its habitat was gradually disappearing. His focus shifted from shooting with a gun to shooting with a camera. He wrote a number of books about his exploits tracking down man-eating 'carnivora'. In 1936, Corbett was instrumental in the establishment of the first Indian tiger reserve.
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