Corbett National Park Fauna

Corbett National Park Fauna

Corbett National Park was the first Tiger Reserve under the project in India. So from that point of view, Corbett is one of the oldest as well as the largest national parks in India. The Park is an ideal home for many majestic animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, and many other wild animals. Due to the healthy population of the wild today, Corbett is one of the best-preserved parks with 164 numbers of tigers and over 600 elephants. As per the recent survey, Corbett reveals the highest density of tiger population in the country at 20/100 square kilometres.
Apart from Royal Bengal Tiger Corbett is also home to a sizeable population of the endangered Asiatic elephant and other critically endangered species including the Ghariyal. Some of the other known mammal species residing in Corbett include Asiatic Black Bear, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, Otters, and many more to list. Corbett also hosts a diversity of aqua fauna and birdlife with approximately 600 species including the great pied hornbill, White-Backed Vulture, Hodgson’s bushchat, orange-breasted green pigeon, Pallas fish eagle, golden oriole, tawny fish owl, Indian Pitta, Scarlet Minivet and reptile-like critically endangered Ghariyal, mugger Crocodiles, the king Cobra and many more to list.


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The Tiger is not only the star attraction of the Jim Corbett National Park but is the most celebrated of the wild animals in India. This wonderful creature of God symbolizes the power of nature and finds an important place in our culture, mythology, and legends. The Majesty has been treated and worshiped as the ruler of the forest.
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It is said that tigers evolved in East Asia (China) about two million years ago. After that, they spread to other parts of Asia. Altogether there are eight subspecies of tiger, out of which three have gone extinct. It is a matter of pride for India that the country gives shelter to the largest population of wild tigers in the world. According to a recent census, it has been estimated that only 5000 to 7500 tigers survive in the world. The subspecies Royal Bengal Tiger has 3000 to 4500 surviving members existing in the Indian subcontinent, more than three-fourths of which are in India.
The Terai-Bhabar region, including the area of the Corbett National Park, was once the best habitat for tigers but recently has reduced to a great extent due to the deforestation taking place in these areas and land use pattern changes.
The Tiger has always had a deep relationship with the confined area of Corbett National Park - either through the useful writings of Jim Corbett or with other hunters. Corbett gave birth to Project Tiger in India - India's first tiger conservation program inaugurated on the first of April in the year 1973.

Tigers attack wild boar, deer (preferably chital and barking deer), and Sambar while the majestic is on the hunt. They choose the largest prey of the species since larger prey gives more energy for the energy spent. The presence of a sound population of sambar is believed to be a good indicator of the presence of tigers in the Corbett. Sometimes, tigers also hunt young elephants and gollop smaller species, including birds, reptiles, fishes, and monkeys.
Tigers in India have the greatest reputation as man-eaters among the large cat species. Such tigers have been immortalized through the writings of Jim Corbett. For instance, The Champawat Tiger is said to have killed 434 people before Corbett finally succeeded in killing it.
Tiger is kept on top of the food pyramid as they are carnivores and a master predator. Also, they help in maintaining the ecological balance of the park.

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