This is the Story of Machli (T-16)  Tigress Queen of Ranthambore National Park.

Tiger Code          T-16


First Seen          1996

Zone-              2,3,4,5

Gender          female

Status              Dead

Identification Sign     Fish Mask on Her Face

When the pride of Ranthambore, Machli (T-16)    “Woman of the Lake,” was the imperial tigress who died on eighteenth August 2016. 

Named as the most photographed tigress on the planet, Machli was lovely as well as an incredible element who had a solid hold over her territory which incorporated the Ranthambhore’s royal residence, lakes, and fortresses of Ranthambore.

With arches and chattris as an asylum, and lakes under her influence, one can without much of a stretch sort out Machli’s predominance over Ranthambore.This 350 square mile zone of Machli’s territory was the biggest region of the recreation center, and furthermore the most excellent one.

What made Machli (T-16) Stick out ?

Among the 62 tigers of Ranthambore, what made Machli so uncommon was her solace level with the people, and how she held lensmen (and ladies) in wonder of her beauty. She was brilliant as well. Now and again, she used to exploit the traveler’s vehicles to follow and chase.

 Her qualities have spread all over the territory; two of her female cubs were moved to Sariska Tiger Reserve to repopulate it with huge felines. Honors like lifetime awards have lifted her name positively.

Machli (T-16) , strict significance fish – isn’t it an unusual name for a tigress? The explanation for her name machli was the fish-formed imprint on the left ear of her face. Additionally, she acquired this name from her mom.

Since birth, which occurred during the storm a very long time of 1997, Machli had been an overwhelming whelp. At two years old, which was the year 1999, this brutal tigress began chasing all alone, consequently, giving indications of her isolating from her mom.

Before long a while later, Machli obtained a piece of her mom’s territory, and that is the place where she’s spent most of her rule. 

Following a couple of years, she gave birth to three cubs – one female, (Sundari – T-17), and two male (Broken Tail and Slant Ear), by mating with an enormous male tiger called “Bamboo Ram”.

Before the finish of December 2001, both the cubs isolated from Machali. And afterward she mated with a male tiger called “Scratch Ear”. 

Bamboo Ram had passed on of mature age when Broken Tail and Slant Ear were still with Machali and Nick ear had assumed control over his territory.By April 2002, Machali had brought forth her subsequent litter, the two cubs named Jhumru (male) and Jhumri (female). 

Before the finish of 2004, Machli (T-16)  mated with another male tiger known as X-male, and around March 2005, she again gave birth to two cubs, specifically, Sharmeele (which means modest in Hindi), and Bahadur (Brave).

Machali: Powerful, ruling and fierce

Regardless of being a female tigress, she generally had an overwhelming nature and an incredible character that now and again used to overpower even the male tigers. She had consistently been defensive about her children.

Her savagery was something that she was brought into the world with, and one can see that from the arrangement of episodes that have been archived about her. One of these stories was her battle with the 14-foot long crocodile that even made history.

 It has been depicted as a noteworthy experience by the onlookers.

Machli was likewise celebrated for being the most photographed tigress. Over the years, she had been the subject of numerous narratives, short movies, diaries, books, and research papers on untamed life. 

Truth be told, numerous books dependent on Machli and Ranthambore National Park have gotten a TOFT Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to preservation and the more extensive Rajasthan economy.

Death of Machali, the Queen of Ranthambore

Nonetheless, around five years back, age began negatively affecting Machli and she began losing territory continuously. 

She even lost her teeth too when of her passing. She was incinerated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority Protocols (NTCA). The legend of Machali will keep on living on.

Facts about Tigress Machali

Tigress Queen of Ranthambore’, ‘Woman of the Lakes’ and ‘Crocodile Killer’: are a portion of the titles she got during her life.

Between 1998 and 2009, the exceptional prevalence of Machli helped the Indian government earn nearly US$100 million.

She won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” because of her commitment to preservation and vacationer attraction.

Indian Government gave a dedicatory postal cover and stamp to respect Machli for her natural and conservative contributions.

Machli died at 20 years old, which made her the world’s most seasoned enduring tigress in nature. This age is higher than the normal life expectancy (10 to 15 years) of tigers in the wild.

A film on Machli (T-16) , “The World;s Most Famous Tiger”, won the National Award at the 66th National Film Awards

Gallary of the Tigress Queen of Ranthambore-The Machli (1997 to 2016)
Machali tigress