Shivaji (King of Kolsa)


The huge king of Kolsa, Shivaji, in southern Tadoba (c) Vijay Paul

The huge king of Kolsa, Shivaji, in southern Tadoba (c) Vijay Paul

Not a great deal is known about Shivaji, except he has made his presence felt in the southern Kolsa range of the park, where he is the dominant male, and a huge tiger to boot.

Shivaji’s ancestry is unknown, as his main territory within the southern part of the Tadoba reserve is not open to tourism.

He is believed to be about ten year’s old, is a huge tiger by any standards and has a number of female tigresses under his protection. These include the Kakadghat female, the Hirdi nullah female and the Panghat Kuti female, all of which have cubs, so he is a busy man.

If you can help us with more details or photos we would love to hear from you.

These life stories have been brought to you thanks to the records, diaries and photographs of Aditya Dhanwatay and others in the park over the last ten years. They have been written and edited by Julian Matthews.

Shivaji a huge male tiger of Kolsa range sitting in waterhole - May 2012. His lion-like mane is his identity. Kolsa range is closed for tourism sadly (c) Atul Dhamanker

Shivaji a huge male tiger of Kolsa range sitting in waterhole – May 2012. His lion-like mane is his identity. Kolsa range is closed for tourism sadly (c) Atul Dhamanker

Shivaji - the massive territorial male tiger of Tadoba's Kolsa range (c) Atul Dhamnaker

Shivaji – the massive territorial male tiger of Tadoba’s Kolsa range (c) Atul Dhamnaker

Shivaji - The dominant male from Kolsa range is a hugely impressive tiger. (c) Sriskandh Subramanian

Shivaji – The dominant male from Kolsa range is a hugely impressive tiger. (c) Sriskandh Subramanian

Credits: Tiger Nation

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