Ranthambhore – November Stripes

Ranthambhore – November Stripes.

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Machali give her the respect and dignity she deserves by Michael J Vickers

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There is a proposal sent for approval to the National Tiger Conservation Authority in India for Ranthambhore’s well known tigress ‘Machali’ to be dispatched to a taxidermist then stuffed and displayed for visitors to see once she has died.   I have prepared a petition requesting the authorities to disallow this course of action.  In my opinion when the sad time comes and this wonderful old tigress passes away she should be cremated with the respect and dignity that she well deserves and in accordance with rules laid down by the NTCA.  Please sign this petition that already contains almost 3,000 signatures and encourage others to do the same.  Thank you. Michael

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Junglee (Berda)

1The Berda female is a great survivor. Orphaned when she was just over a year old, she survived this trauma to establish herself in the place of her birth as a member of the ruling elite. Gave birth to a new litter after loosing her first litter earlier.

Age: 6 years old (adult)
Code: T41
First seen: July 2008
Gender: Female

2Born in the beautiful Berda valley to mother T4 and father Big Daddy, T41 grew up with her brother Berda male cub (T40) and was well known to regular guides and travelers. When the cubs were a year old, their mother died as a result of an infected injury caused by another tiger after a fight over prey. The cubs stayed together and supported each other for another year, helping each other hunt and learn basic survival skills.

As the Semli male (T6) started muscling his way into their home territory, T41’s brother was driven out of the area and has not been seen since. T41 stayed behind and made her peace with the new Semli male, regularly mating with him.

T41’s range now includes Berda, Semli, Bhakola valley and the Adidant region.

She gave birth to a litter of cubs in November 2012. She however lost all this litter. However a single new cub was seen in May 2013.

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. Read all their blogs here

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Junglee – the Berda female and her cub at Bhakola. (C)

Credits: Tiger Nation

A new home for a new dynasty in Ranthambhore by Hemraj Meena

Unnis leads her 10 week old cubs up a hill to a new den. (c) Hemraj Meena
Unnis leads her 10 week old cubs up a hill to a new den. (c) Hemraj Meena

The waiting game is over. For two whole months Ranthambhore’s tiger royalty kept the world on tenterhooks. The big question on everyone’s mind was just how many cubs had Unnis had?

Her last litter was three. Would she have more or less this time? He bulging udders and tired demeanour over the last month suggested the tiny brood was keeping her busy, but today we know just how busy. Four mouths busy!

Unnis checking her four charges as they trot behind her (c) Hemraj Meena
Unnis checking her four charges as they trot behind her (c) Hemraj Meena

At about 7 weeks old, now able to trot behind their mother, Unnis decided it was time to move her brood to a new home, and so she set off with her litter in tow, always watching, always wary, but leading the way, while her cubs tired visibly behind her.

Unnis, often called Krishna now, is an experienced mother who has been down the motherhood route before. She brought up her last three cubs to adulthood (Chanda T63, Aakash T64 and Suraj T65) in a less visited part of the park, while her sister Satra (T17)played the fairy princess in and around the lotus covered lakes and ruined palaces of her well visited kingdom. Sadly Satra’s love tryst’s with her two jealous guardians, the mighty Satara (T28 or Star male) and neighbouring Dollar (T24) sadly ended in her leg injury and eventual disappearance, and it was into this empty realm, now bereft of her sister, which Unnis  boldly  stepped and claimed as her own in the early summer of 2013.

Exactly who the cubs’ father is, it is impossible to tell without DNA analysis, as she flirted outrageously with both Dollar and his rival Satara, but given she now lives in the realm of Satara, he must believe they are his progeny. Her survival and that of her young family depend on this dodgy conviction.

Unnis holding a cub in her mouth prepares to take them across water to her new den (c) Hemraj Meena
Unnis holding a cub in her mouth prepares to take them across water to her new den (c) Hemraj Meena

This morning, as the summer sun’s rays began to cast their warmth upon the ever drying ground,  her young family reached the Rajbagh  water’s edge. Without hesitation she transported each one-by-one with her soft mouth by their loose neck fur across the shallow lake to the other side, where they watched patiently under the eye of her oldest son Aakash (T64) , while the whole family were so gently whisked across the waters and could continue to where their mother was so keen to resettle her family.

Unnis sets off across the water to deliver her cub safely to the other side (c) Hemraj Meena
Unnis sets off across the water to deliver her cub safely to the other side (c) Hemraj Meena

Unnis feels  that her birthing den’s security had been compromised by a leopard nearby, and was no longer suitable protection for her now adventurous brood, but a new home was soon occupied and made fit for purpose. It’s upon a mother’s keen instincts that a cub’s survival depends.

Written by the editor with Hemraj Meena providing photos and story

Credits: Tiger Nation 

T42 (Fateh or Kuwalji male)

1Kuwalji male (T42) or Fateh, is one to avoid if you are faint-hearted. An aggressive male, he is prone to charging both vehicles and people. In fact he is famous for charging a Forest Department vehicle for up to two kilometres!

T42 is now (thankfully) residing outside the key tourism zone.

Age: 8 years old (adult)
Name Meaning: Named after the famous Fateh Singh Rathore
Code: T42
First seen: Unknown
Gender: Male
A further one of T42 strutting his stuff! (C) Srikanth
A further one of T42 strutting his stuff! (C) Srikanth

One of three cubs born to Jail Kho female (T30) and the famous Jhumroo, T42 was brought up in the Jail Kho and Indala regions – part of his father’s territory. Since this area is outside of the main tourism zone, little is known about his early years.

Sometime after he separated from the mother, he found his way to Kuwalji – the southernmost tip of the Ranthambhore Tiger reserve. Here he challenged and killed the resident elder male T36. This ruling male had been orphaned as a young cub and had not learnt all the survival and fighting tricks from his mother – making it easy for T42 to defeat him.

T42 now lives in Kuwalji, originally with the Kuwalji female (T37), sister of the male that he killed. Sadly T37 was found dead in early 2013 from intestinal problems.

He was seen in the census in May 2012, when he charged a vehicle twice and was seen occasionally chasing vehicles in 2012/13.

Follow Kuwalji male here and see if he can gain a new female mate.

If you have any further information on this tiger please contact us here.

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. Read all their blogs here

T42 stands over a cattle kill. He now accepts the fact that humans are part of his life. He is one of the finest specimens of tigers i have come across! (C) Sriskandh Subramanian close
T42 stands over a cattle kill. He now accepts the fact that humans are part of his life. He is one of the finest specimens of tigers i have come across! (C) Sriskandh Subramanian
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Credits: Tiger Nation

Semli (Romeo)

ADS_0000026651Living in the middle of the park on the borders of the visitor zones, Semli is a healthy tiger who is just coming of age. Cubs of Big Daddy (T2) and Kachidha female, Semli’s brother T7 is infamous for attacking a park ranger and traveling long distances on his way to Bharatpur, to everyone amazement.

Follow Semli’s antics here in the heart of the park.

Age: 8 years old (adult)
Code: T6
First seen: Unknown
Gender: Male
Notable marks: unknown
 
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Born to father Big Daddy and mother T5, the Kachida female, Semli grew up in a well-known tiger family. Together with his brother (T7) and sister (T8 or Balas female) he was raised in the Kachida valley of the park. Semli and his father got along well and were often seen sharing their kills with each other, especially as his father aged.

Unlike his gentler brother, T7 had achieved great notoriety after attacking a Park ranger and travelling far from the reserve on a mission to find his own range. He was eventually spotted in the famous wetlands of Bharatphur, or Keladeo National Park Bird Sanctuary 150 miles away, where prey like Sambar are plentiful. He was soon tranquillised and set free in Sariska National Park in early winter of 2010, as part of a park restocking programme.

After Semli and his brother separated from their mother, they stayed together at the fringes of Machali’s territory – establishing a small territory of his own with Semli alley at its heart. Soon after he was seen mating with the young Berda female (T4) in the Semli and Berda valley. He has since been expanding his territory to encroach into Adidant and Lakkarda valley, bringing him into conflict with Ranthambhore matriarch Machali for her meals.

Credits: Tiger Nation