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The Legend Tigress of Ranthambore-Tigress Machali(1996-2016)

#tigress_machali is a tigress who lived in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

She played the role of regeneration of the tiger population in the park.

Machali is also known as Queen of Tigers, Lady of Lakes and Crocodile Killer.

She was India's most famous tigress, and on her death, she considered the world's oldest tigress living in the wild.

Machali was born in 1996. She was named MACHALI due to the fish-shaped marked on her face. She started hunting in two years and took over a part of her mother's territory.

Machali gave birth to 11 cubs including 7 females and 4 male. Machali witnessed growth in the tiger population from about 14 tigers in 2004 to about 45 tigers in 2014. Machali covers the largest area of her territory among all other tigers.

Machali labelled as the most photographed tigress in the world, she was not only beautiful but also powerful and had strong control over her territory which includes Ranthambore's place, lakes, and forts of Ranthambore.

She was also known for her hunting skills, power and strength. There was an incident throwback to 2003, she fought with 11 ft. long crocodile. As a result, she lost her 2 teeth.

Towards the end of her life, Machali almost lost her all teeth, she also lost her territory gradually. In 2016 Machali critically ill.

Machali died on the 18th of August,2016. She ruled the Jungle for 20 years in the wild. She was cremated with traditional Hindu rituals.

Some interesting fact about Tigress Machali:-

  • Tigress Queen of Ranthambore’, ‘Lady of the Lakes’ and ‘Crocodile Killer’: are some of the titles she received during her life.

  • Between 1998 and 2009, the extraordinary popularity of Machli helped the Indian government earn nearly US$100 million.

  • She won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” due to her contribution to conservation and tourist attraction.

  • Indian Government issued a commemorative postal cover and stamp to honour Machli for her ecological and economical contributions.

  • Machli passed away at the age of 20, which made her the world’s oldest-surviving tigress in the wild. This age is higher than the average lifespan (10 to 15 years) of tigers in the wild.

  • A film on Machali, “The World's Most Famous Tiger”, won the National Award at the 66th National Film Awards.

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