Machali (T-16), the royal tigress is the most famed in India and is exclusively the pride of Ranthambore National Park. The glorious palaces, lakes and fort of Ranthambore are the major strong hold of Machali. It is the most photographed tigress in Ranthambore (and also credited to be World’s Most Photographed Tigress ) and is also being known as the “lady of the lake” since it can mostly be found along the water territory of the jungle. The tigress Machali has long been under media spotlight and has gained tremendous attentions amidst the vast ranges of animal and tiger lovers. There could be many reasons behind her fame but the one and only thing that has captivated many attentions are her muscular and majestic look and her dominance at the whole Ranthambore jungle. Films books and even life time awards are such accolades that have lifted her name to greater extent.
The most noticeable thing in Machali is in her name. It is named so since she has the fish shaped marking on the left part of her face. Her legendary fight with 14 foot long crocodile has really created a history and it was the first time since such an encounter has been recorded and filmed. Interestingly, Machali has been photographed many times and have gained a lot of popularity amidst the wildlife lovers. Many documentaries and short films have been shot for her and she had been the star of the wild tiger world. In addition to this many books have been written on her and her park; and even received a TOFT Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to conservation and the wider Rajasthan economy.
Machali became popular due to its muscular strength and was always being noticed for saving her cubs from other animals and male tigers. It is so interesting to learn that the male tigers really got afraid of her and upon intimidating they use to run away from her and her cubs. Since her common territory was the lakes around the Ranthambore Fort and so she had great encounters with many crocodiles; the legends of which are so popular even now.
Machali, the queen of the tiger dynasty is now in her devolving stage; a painful fact to be accepted. The royal tigress that once used to conquer the whole dipso environment of Ranthambore for over a decade with her muscular hunks and impressive strength is now a toothless tiger that really needs feeding unlike the royal battle she won with 13 foot long crocodile at her enduring stage.