Set up in the year 1936 as Indias first national park and possibly the finest, Corbett as we know today was called Hailey National Park named after a British governor. Post independence, it was renamed as Ramganga National Park Ramganga river being the lifeline of the reserve. And again in around 1957, the park was renamed as Corbett National Park after the legendry hunter turned conservationist Edward James Corbett, more commonly known as Jim Corbett.
Corbett also has the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. It was one of the nine Tiger Reserves created at the launch of the Project Tiger in 1973.
Corbett reserve spans across some 1288.32 square kilometers, out of which 520.82 square kilometers is the national park while 301.18 square kilometers is Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and the remaining 466.32 square kilometers constitutes the reserve forest area.