WILDLIFE IN CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

India’s first and oldest national park, Corbett is a major attraction among the wildlife and nature lovers. Developed and by Late Jim Corbett in 1936, it is home to more than 585 species of birds, 37 species of dragonflies, 33 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 7 species of fishes. The national park covers a vast area of 520.8 sq. km and is popular for its rich wildlife and scenic beauty.

Even though the main highlights of the this national park are endangered Bengal tigers, crocodiles and leopards, the visitors can easily spot other wildlife animals such as hogs, boars, sambas, sloths, pangolins, elephants, langurs and gorals. Further, the presence of Himalayan Black bears, black bucks, yellow-throated martens, spotted deers and Indian Grey Mongoose enhances the charm and beauty of this park. Also, a change in the climatic conditions of the Corbett makes it a preferable habitat among the resident as well as the migratory birds like eagles, parakeets, peacocks and jungle fowls.



TIGERS

Apart from being the first national park of India, the Jim Corbett National Park is also the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger. Flourish with a wide variety of flora, it is an ideal habitat for the tigers. However, sighting of tigers by the visitors at Corbett is rarer. This is because they are the ruler of the forest and love to stay within their marked territories. Tigers are indeed the most popular wild animals among the wildlife and adventure lovers visiting this Tiger Reserve of India.



ELEPHANTS

The Jim Corbett Park houses about 700 elephants. During summers, visitors can easily spot the groups of elephants throughout the jungle. They can even take pleasure of elephant safari as it is the major attraction in Jim Corbett National Park. It is one of the best ways of exploring the beauty and wildlife of the park. Elephant ride in Corbett will take the visitors through dense forests, deep valleys and craggy tracks. It offers a lingering delight to the adventure seekers.



OTHER MAMMALS

A wild population of the Leopards, another large cat can be easily seen in the Corbett National Park. Visitors can spot a plenty of leopards in the low land jungles of the Corbett. This place is a paradise for wildlife photographers and allows them to capture close moves of this powerful animal. They can have an unforgettable experience with the leopards of the Jim Corbett National Park.

A Langur also known as Hanuman is worshiped in Hindu religion and can be found in plenty in the thick forest of the Jim Corbett. These species of monkey have a very long tail that distinguishes them from the other species of monkey. However, the overall body size and features of the Langurs vary depending on their species. Travellers visiting this park can see them climbing on the trees and walking on the land.

Himalayan Goral also known as Naemorhedus goral is a bovid species that can be found across the Himalayan region. It is a goat like animal, which is mostly active at sunrise and sunset. Tourists may spot Himalayan Gorals eating grasses, leaves and fruits while walking inside the core of the Jim Corbett.

Wild Boar also known as the Sus Scrofa or Wild Pig can be easily spotted near the water pond or stream in the Corbett National Park. They have a long curved canine teeth, large head and relatively short legs. Tourists can see them moving in groups during day and night time.

Jim Corbett is certainly a heaven on earth for the nature and bird lovers. They can witness a wide variety of birds and have a wonderful experience. During winters, an increase in the number of birds is often found in the Corbett because of the arrival of migrant birds like ducks, osprey, etc. These birds come all the way from East Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Apart from these migrant birds, even many Himalayan birds take shelter in this national park in winter season due to the extreme chilling climatic conditions in the Himalayan Mountains.