Tigers of Pench National Park
In the twilight zone the wolf pack scurried past us at lightning speed. We were in Mowgli Land.
-The Jungle Book
Tigers of Pench national park:
Pench National Park, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book is home to approximately 40 tigers. Here are some of the famous tigers of Pench who draw the attention of many a wildlifers with her Big Cat antics!
Known to be the princess among tigers of Pench and one of the most successful mothers of the tiger clan, she is the only tigress to have entered into the Guinea’s Book of World Records for her outstanding ability to rear progeny. Having mothered 22 cubs over a period of life period of 11 years, she has successfully reared thanks to her easygoing nature and uncanny intelligence. Easily recognized thanks to the radio collar, the joke goes that it is impossible for the forest officials to remove her dysfunctional collar coz she is either expecting or rearing cubs! Currently she is seen with 3 of her cubs from her latest litter of four (one did not survive). She is the daughter of the famed charger.
Naturally shy BMW was always elusive, preferring to use forest trails, over roads and tracks, to get about his large southern kingdom. Of unknown and much discussed origin, there are stories of him coming from the South, probably from the Maharashtra side of Pench. Arch rival of the male, Sula, compels him to be constantly on the move in defense of his precious home turf. He has established his own family thanks to his courting days with ‘Badi Maa’ and then Baghinallah tigress.
Raiyakasa Male / Sula (Tiger)
A male in his prime and arch rival of the BMW, he has succeeded in establishing dominance in the Karmajhari range. Initially shy and reserved, he gradually got used to the tourist traffic and was seen more frequently in the last year. He was named ‘Sula’ after the famous wine brand, due to a wine glass marking on the very bottom of his body. He has been a constant mate of Collarwali, bringing into the world tiny striped tots three times