Kankati Tigress of Bandhavgarh passes away


Kankati – The Tigress Queen of Bandhavgarh passes away for heavenly abode

Kankati - One eyed beauty of Bandhavgarh

Kankati – One eyed beauty of Bandhavgarh

The roars of Kankati Tigress, aka Vijaya of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve will not be heard anymore. Her dead body was found in the Charan Ganga water body near the Tala zone entry gate on Wednesday 6th August 2014. Kankati is presumed to be the grand-daughter of the renowned Tiger couple Sita and Charger. She was over 7 years old and has been the prime attraction of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve ruling the Chakradhara Meadows (The Tiger Country) for over 4 years.

The exact cause of her death is still not known but injury marks have been found on her neck and it is presumed to be due to territorial infighting with another Tiger of the national park. The real reason shall be known after the post mortem report is received. Grapevines suggest that this may be a revenge killing by the fully grown male cub of the late Tigress Langdi who was killed by Kankati in another territorial fight back in 2011. The said Tiger had earlier killed both the cubs of Kankati’s first litter also, after which Kankati went to a state of oblivion for around a year. She had also lost one of her eyes during the fight with Langdi but had emerged victorious this year when she delivered her second litter for over last 4 years.



Tiger lovers and the park visitors were happy when she was first sighted with her three cubs in March 2014 and a number of visitors including our guests and my family members were lucky to see the sweet little cubs with the mother. We were eagerly waiting for the park to reopen in October after monsoons to get a glimpse of the cubs with their mother and were shocked to hear this bad news yesterday. We pray for the safety of three of her 5 months old cubs that are still missing and wish for a peaceful life after death for her.  May her soul Rest In Peace.

Kankati – You were a darling and will always be missed……..alokesharma



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Tigers of Bandhavgarh

Tigers of Bandhavgarh: Charger

The king of Bandhavgarh during the nineties



Not many Tigers have been able to achieve a reputation as awesome as the one that has gone the way of the majestic male Tiger of Bandhavgarh called CHARGER. During nineties, Charger happened to be the most popular and utmost feared Tiger, for the forest officers, residents and tourists of Bandhavgarh.

As suggested by his name, Charger was so called because of his intuitive habit to charge at vehicles and forest elephants which came too close for his comfort. Behaviour of a Tiger varies at different moods and with different individuals  and Tiger lovers, did not object to this behaviour of Charger. Infact, with time his threatening charges were accepted as a natural characteristic of this dominating big cat of Bandhavgarh.

He is remembered by forest authorities, tourists, guides, naturalists and gypsy drivers, for a number of encounters which they have had with Charger quite a few of which were scary and petrifying but the fact which remains remembered is no human was ever injured in any of his mock charges.

It is learnt that Charger was earlier known as PP Singh. It wasn’t because he was named after some forest officer or a field director whose name scared the forest guards but because he had once charged so viciously at an elephant carrying some tourists that one of the terrified group members had lost control of his penile muscle, and let go to make the elephant’s body feel wet.

Charger held his huge territory covering almost all the zones of the jungles of Bandhavgarh for around 10 years and after contributing to a number of litters, died naturally of old age and weakness on 29th September 2000. Like any other Tiger, before his death, he also faced a lot of trouble in hunting and infighting with other male Tigers of Bandhavgarh but that is a part and parcel of what all Tigers in the wild go through.

To keep him alive forever at Bandhavgarh, the forest authorities have put up a memorial in his name in the Magadhi zone where he rests in peace.

Charger memorial at Bandhavgarh

Charger memorial at Bandhavgarh



Ranthambore’s missing tigress Machli found after 28 days




NEW DELHI/JAIPUR: The world’s oldest wild tigress has cheated death yet again. Twenty-six days after it went missing, prompting several searches in the forest, Ranthambore’s famedtigress Machli was spotted on Tuesday by forest officials.

According to the wildlife officials, she was spotted on trap cameras at Poli ka Nullah in the Kachida valley on Tuesday. Sources told TOI that after getting a message, Ranthambore’s assistant conservator of forest lead a team and found the 17-year-old tigress.

“Due to extreme cold, it had hibernated into a crevice which has sufficient water and prey base,” said an official. “The tigress is weaker than before, but very much alive,” he said. “It even came out and followed our jeep for some distance.” Photographer Sandip Singh, who has been following the tigress for years, too got a confirmation on Machli being found from officials on the spot.

It was feared that Ranthambore’s tiger queen had died of old age or had been poached after she went missing on January 9 from zone 5 of the park. Although her pugmarks had been found, the tigress could not be spotted despite major searches by forest official.

Machli, who is also perhaps the most photographed striped cat in the world, played a major role in the resurrection of Ranthambore national park after it was hit by falling tiger numbers as well as waning tourist interest in the early 2000s. Two of her cubs were relocated to Sariska, after the tigers population there was decimated due to poaching and other reasons.

“In 2004, there were just 15 tigers left in Ranthambore. Today, that figure is close to 50. Around 60% of the present tiger population is Machli’s progeny,” said Balendu Singh, honorary warden of Sawai Madhopur district.



Now “Sultan” of Ranthambhore goes Missing….!!!




SawaiMadhopur 31 Jan: After Machli, T16, being missing from Ranthambhore, it’s been reported that Sultan, T72, also has not been sighted either by tourists or by forest officials for over a week now. Sultan being in a tourist zone, No 1, was regularly enchanting tourists with his sightings and his youthful exuberance.

Its also very much possible that 22 months old Sultan, the male sub adult cub of T39 has wandered off his current territory in search of a new territory. Usually adult males do not tolerate the presence of young males in their territory and drive them off. We just hope that its a case of territorial realignment and nothing else and Sultan is back again giving sightings.


Machli's encounter with a crocodile. www.ranthamborenationalpark.com

Machli’s encounter with a crocodile. www.ranthamborenationalpark.com




JAIPUR: It was a near scare for the forest department when Tigress T-16, popularly known as Machli, disappeared from the Bhooth Khora area in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve for about a fortnight since January 9 when she was last photographed. However, a massive hunt on Friday helped the officials to trace the Tigress’s fresh pug marks.

“We have not been able to sight her but it is a relief that we managed to get fresh pug marks in the Peele Ghati area which is part of her territory. The pug marks are definitely her’s as a toe in one of her paws is crooked and the pug marks also reflect the same,” said DFO Rahul Bhatnagar.

Sources revealed that worries mounted when the Tigress did not come for some days for her regular food supplement provided by the forest department. The food supplement has to be provided to Machli as she is well over 16 years of age, much beyond the known life span of big cats in the wild. Moreover, an encounter with a crocodile once in a bid to save her cubs left her with broken canine.

The 22-men team that launched the hunt for Machli will continue with their efforts on Saturday. Also known as the Lady of the Lake, Machli is one of the most celebrated Tigresses of Ranthambhore and is said to be the most photographed cat in the world. She is also the oldest living wild Tigress in the world and has been the youngest mother in Ranthambhore. But with growing age she has been pushed to a corner in the forest by her own. Sources say the last time she was seen she had a limp.

Tiger Reserves in India – Kanha

The Majestic Tiger from a Tiger Reserve in India

Tiger from the Sherkhan’s jungle

Tiger Reserves in India:

Kanha National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh, India and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and better managed Tiger Reserves in India. Created in 1955, Kanha National Park is spread over 1949 square kilometres and is the largest National Park in central India. It was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1973 and is home to a number of wildlife species including the Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Sloth Bears, Hard Ground Barasingha (Swamp Deer) – the jewel of Kanha. Other species found here include Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Hyena, Wolves, Langurs, Wild Boars, Civets, Porcupines and Indian Gaur. Various species of Turtles, Reptiles and Snakes also inhabit the park in large numbers.

Barasingha at Kanha Tiger Reserve in India

Barasingha (Swamp Deer) – The jewel of Kanha

Kanha experience extreme weathers with temperature ranging from 22°C to 42°C in summers and from 0°C to 22°C in winters. The park remains closed for tourists from 1st July to 15th October every year during monsoons.

Around 20% of Kanha National Park is open for tourists and Wildlife Safari is allowed in registered open gypsys in pre-set routes. For the tourists, the park is divided into 4 zones – Kanha, Kisli, Mukki and Sarhi. It is said that the fauna of Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the best across all forests in Asia and was the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Sighting of Tigers is not very rare in Kanha and just one glance of the majestic big cat changes the childhood perception about the Tiger depicted as the nasty Sher Khan of the Mogli’s jungle. Sighting a Tiger in the wild is an experience, which people carry with them for their lifetime, enticing them to visit Kanha again…..back again.

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Rajbehra Cub, Bandhavgarh

Rajbehra Cub, Bandhavgarh

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