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Jim Corbett National Park

Geography of Jim Corbett National Park

The average elevation of the Jim Corbett National Park region is between 385 and 1,100 metres above the mean sea level. The park area features ridges, small plateaus, minor streams and ravines. The park area also encompasses the Patli Dun Valley that has been formed by the Ramganga River. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the zone buffer to the Jim Corbett National Park. The national park is located between the Lesser Himalayas and the Siwalik Mountains.

Threats to Jim Corbett National Park

The overwhelming popularity of Jim Corbett National Park is indeed its biggest threat. Excessive tourist influx in this area leaves an adverse impact on the ecosystem. Noise pollution is also a major cause of concern for the national park. In 2007, noted nature-lover, photographer and film-maker Kahini Ghosh Mehta took initiative to make tourism in Jim Corbett National Park a healthy affair. She made the only travel film on Jim Corbett National Park titled ‘Wild saga of Corbett’ wherein she has laid emphasis on the tourists’ responsibility to contribute towards healthy tourism. She also featured in Femina, noted women’s magazine for her contribution as a naturalist in Jim Corbett National Park.

The construction of a dam at the Kalagarh river which has led to the submergence of a big tract of low-lying area led to a adverse effect on the swamp deer and the hog deer population.

The spread of exotic weeds Lantana, cannabis, Marijuana, weed, Parthenium and Cassia.

Encroachment by local people.

Rising incidents of poaching.

Rising incidents of man-animal (tiger & elephant mainly) conflicts.

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