Jim Corbett National Park — named after the hunter-turned-conservationist, Jim Corbett, who played a key role in its establishment — is the oldest national park in India. The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. The park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India. Corbett Park covers in excess of 1300 sq km, inlcuding 500 sq km of Core Area; and 800 sq km of Buffer Area. It was the location for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. Extending over a tract of 520 sq km, the Park is a large valley with forest ridges running through it. The magnificent Ramganga River winds through its entire length in a south-south westerly direction and the numerous forest streams and rivulets that flow into it carve up the area into little ridges and ravines. The core is bounded to the North by the Kanda Ridge, with a height of 1043 m at its highest point. The entire area of the reserve is mountainous and falls in the Shivalik and Outer Himalaya geological region. Besides tigers, this national park is a host to other species of wild animals, birds and trees.