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Indian Elephants in the Service of Man

Indian elephants in action as working animals and in hunting, filmed by celebrated hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett

Non-Fiction 1938 15 mins Silent


The use of elephants in India as working animals and in hunting, as filmed by Jim Corbett, a well-known Anglo-Indian hunter. Here Corbett swaps his gun for a 16mm camera, demonstrating an acute eye for a very different kind of shot. His affectionate images of the elephants shows off the gentler side that prefigures his later abandonment of hunting and conversion to the cause of conservationism.

Edward James 'Jim' Corbett (1875–1955) was also an author and naturalist, who wrote about his exploits hunting tigers and leopards in India. The Jim Corbett Park, India's first national park, was renamed after him in 1957.