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Machali (T-16)- Ranthambore’s Legendary Tigress

Machali (T-16)

Machali (T-16), widely known as “Lady of the Lake,” was a Ranthambore royal tigress that died on August 18, 2016. Machli, the world’s most photographed tigress, was not only gorgeous but also a powerful force with a strong control over her area, which encompassed Ranthambhore’s palace, lakes, and forts.Machali

Machli’s reign over Ranthambhore is easy to understand with domes and chattris as shelter and lakes under her authority. Machli’s region was the largest and most picturesque portion of the park, covering 350 square miles.

What made the Machali T-16 unique?

What made the Machali T-16 unique? Among Ranthambore’s 62 tigers, what distinguished Machli was her ease with humans and the way she had lensmen (and women) in awe of her elegance. She was also intelligent. She would sometimes stalk and hunt using the tourist cars. Her genes have spread over the area, and two of her female kittens were moved to Sariska Tiger Reserve in order to repopulate it with big cats. Lifetime achievement awards have helped to raise her profile.

 Isn’t Machli, which means “fish,” an odd name for a tigress? The fish-shaped feature on her face’s left ear inspired her name, Machli.She also got this name from her mother. 

Machli has been a dominant cub since his birth in the monsoon months of 1997. This vicious tigress began hunting on her own at the age of two, in the year 1999, indicating her separation from her mother. 

Machli soon obtained a portion of her mother’s domain, and she has spent the most of her reign there. After a few years, she mated with a huge male tiger named “Bamboo Ram” and gave birth to three cubs: one female (Sundari – T-17) and two males (Broken Tail and Slant Ear).by mating with “Bamboo Ram,” a huge male tiger.

Both cubs were split from Machali by the end of December 2001. She then married with a male tiger named “Nick Ear.” When Broken Tail and Slant Ear were still with Machali and Nick Ear had taken over his area, Bamboo Ram died of old age.

Machali had her second litter in April 2002, with two cubs named Jhumru (male) and Jhumri (female) (female). By the end of 2004, Machali had mated with another male tiger known as X-male, and she gave birth to two cubs, Sharmeele (which means shy in Hindi) and Bahadur, in March 2005. (Brave).


Machali is a powerful, dominant, and ruthless warrior.

Despite being a female tigress, she always had a domineering disposition and could overcome even male tigers. She has always been protective of her children.

Her fury was something she was born with, as seen by the numerous incidences that have been chronicled about her. One of these stories was her struggle with a 14-foot-long crocodile, which made history. The viewers hailed it as a historic confrontation.

Machli was also known as the most photographed tigress. She has been the topic of several nature documentaries, short videos, journals, books, and research articles throughout the years. Indeed, numerous novels focused on Machli and Ranthambore National Park have won a TOFT Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to conservation and the Rajasthan economy.

Machali, Ranthambore’s Queen, died.


However, Machli’s health began to deteriorate roughly five years ago, and she began to lose territory progressively. She had also lost her teeth at the time she died. She was cremated in accordance with the protocols of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Machali’s legend will carry on in perpetuity.

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