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Established as Hailey National Park in 1935, this park spread over 521 sq km was first renamed Ramganga in 1954 and then Corbett in 1957, in memory of Jim Corbett, a British tiger hunter turned conservationist and author of the classic Man-eaters of Kumaon. Located in the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas about 50 km northwest of Ramnagar town, the park consists mainly of the broad Patlidoon Valley, through which the Ramganga River flows west. The forest cover includes sal (Shorea), teak, oak, silver fir, spruce, cypress, and birch. India's Project Tiger was established here in 1973. Langur, sloth bear, Indian gray mongoose, Himalayan palm civet, elephant, wild boar, common otter, porcupine, barking deer, nilgai, black kite, shikra, Indian white backed vulture, black partridge, red jungle fowl, and peafowl are also found in the park. In all, the park contains 110 tree species, 50 mammals species, 580 bird species, and 25 reptile species. [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica.]
Market day at Gaudhi village near Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh (en route Corbett National Park)
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