Friday, 7 February 2014

Flora and Fauna #1: Machli - The Queen of Ranthambore

Recently a good family friend Mr. Nalla Muthu (Wildlife photographer) shared a beautiful article about Machli which struck me to share my experiences with her and her legacy.  

Ranthambore tiger reserve is one of the largest and one of the oldest tiger reserve in India located in the East of Rajasthan. It's open for public 9 months a year and one can enter the forest with proper permission and payment. There are 6 officially permitted routes in ranthambore.

As you might know, Tigers lead solitary lives and establish and maintain home ranges. Resident adults of either sex tend to confine their movements to a definite territory, within which they satisfy their needs.

Machli means Fish in Hindi. She got her name Machli because she got a fish shaped marking on the left part of her face. In ranthambore forest there's a Fort built by Jaipur kings. The Tiger which has the throne is considered the King or the Queen of Ranthambore. That range is also fertille with lot of animals to hunt. On an average a tiger would hold the throne for about 3 to 5 years. But machli managed to hold it for more than 7 years. This plus her muscular majestic looks has brought her to the limelight all over the globe. The Queen of Tiger dynasty is now devolving, a hard fact to accept.

Please read Mr. Nalla's post below and please visit ranthambore tiger reserve and you might have a chance to sight the majesty. :-)

Thank you. I'll be back with a bang soon! ;-) 

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