The presence of a man-eating tiger in the Indian province of Naini Tal spread fear and panic throughout the impoverished rural community. This tigress had already killed 434 villagers by the time Jim Corbett was approached to track and despatch her in 1907.
These thrilling and moving tales are Corbett’s first-hand accounts as, over the ensuing 29 years and at the request of desperate locals, he expertly tracks and kills various specific tigers and leopards which had become man-eaters, driven to this by injury or extreme old age.
No one understood the ways of the Indian jungle better than Corbett. A skilled tracker, he preferred to hunt alone and on foot, sometimes accompanied by his small dog Robin. Corbett derived intense happiness from observing wildlife and he was a fervent conservationist as well as a tracker and ace shot.
He empathised with the impoverished people amongst whom he lived, in what is today Uttarakhand, and he established India’s first tiger sanctuary there.
Corbett’s writing is as immediate and accessible today as it was when first published in 1944.
**All royalties from UK sales of this book go to tiger conservation at the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, India.**
Author: Jim Corbett
Illustrator: Raymond Sheppard
Published: September 2017
No. of pages: 272
33 black & white illustrations
Reviewed by Alexandra Henton of The Field in December 2017
'With his exceptional fieldcraft, he was unsurpassed as a tracker. His first-hand accounts of tracking and killing man-eating tigers…. are exquisite to read. He was a true combination of hero and convervationist. It is prettily buttressed by tiger-print endpapers and features Raymond Sheppard’s superb line illustrations. Corbott said ‘a tiger is a large-hearted gentleman with boundless courage’. The same could be said of the most famous tiger tracker of all.'