Sultanpur (T24) is a well-known tiger residing in one of the Ranthambhore’s finest and most visited landscapes – the southern part of the park below the hill fort. Brought up around the many visitors and pilgrims that visit his home, he has been accused of killing a human – a charge that is often difficult to investigate.
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Sultanpur was one of three male cubs born to the Lahpur – Nagdi tigress T22 and father Jhumaroo and is a direct descendent of the park’s matriarch, Machali. He and his two brothers, Indala and Dollar, grew up in the rich hunting grounds of Nagdi – Lahpur before moving on to their present territories. Dollar has since earned the name “Father” after adopting his two young cubs orphaned by their mother who was killed in 2011. This behaviour has never before been seen among male tigers.
After separating from his mother, Sultanpur took residence in Chidi Kho valley of Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary, just south of the National Park. Sometime later he was seen limping, prompting the Forest Department to tranquilize him to extract a thorn from his front paw. At the same time, he was fitted with a radio collar – which has since been removed – to monitor his progress.
When T12, the dominant male of the Sultanpur area was relocated to Sariska, Sultanpur immediately occupied his territory. But in 2010, he found himself in trouble having been blamed for attacking a villager who had gone into the park to collect wood near the Ranthambhore road.
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These life stories were brought to you after years of careful observation, notes and photography. Aditya Singh is a principal contributor together with many of Ranthambhore’s nature guiding community, and the success of Tigerwatch’s ongoing intelligence.
Credits: Tiger Nation