Zones & Wildlife
Jim Corbett National Park, a diadem of India’s Wildlife tourism is Asia’s first national park and is known for its exotic flora and fauna. The natural uniqueness of Jim Corbett National Park area was recognized long ago as a result of which it attained the distinction of becoming the first National Park to be established in mainland Asia in 1936 as Hailey’s National Park under the aegis of Jim Corbett. In 1952, the park’s name was changed to Ramganga National Park and again in 1957, but this time after Jim Corbett – A tribute to his conservation philosophies. Jim Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighboring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve covering about 1300 sq. km Geographically it is located between the Shivalik Himalayas and the Terai. This vivid mosaic of habitats – wet and dry, plain and mountainous, gentle and rugged, forests and grasslands support numerous plant and animal species, representing Himalayan as well as Plains ecosystem. Elusive, yet the most famous of Corbett’s wild residents is the Royal Bengal Tiger. Corbett also is particularly rich population of Asiatic Elephant & different kinds of Deer. In addition to that, Corbett is a home to over 50 species of mammals and 30 species of Reptiles and with over 550 species of avifauna Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of the Country and has been declared as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (IBA) by Birdlife International.