Daughter to the world’s famous tigress Machali, Krishna is one of three tigresses born from her mother’s last litter in Ranthambhore National Park. For nearly two years, the cubs stayed with their mother near the lakes which is known to be one of the prettiest habitats of the park.
As they mature, tigers will have to draw their own territory. Krishna’s sister, Satara, was known to be one of the most dominant cubs and was already marking her territory months before her two other siblings left their mother’s side. By the time Krishna was ready to venture on her own, she was left with a space in the Mandoop plateau which had few waterholes and low prey density which resulted in a very challenging growth into adulthood.
Krishna, fortunately, made an amazing comeback over the years despite the obstacle. Based on photos taken over time, she asserted dominance progressively and by 2010, had the largest territory among all the tigresses of Ranthambhore, including her own sister. To this day, Krishna is still living well and is known to have given birth to three litters of cubs. Compared to her quiet demeanour in the past, she was frequently sighted with her cubs, leading them to become one of the most iconic tiger family in history.
She reminds us of the importance of securing the vast amount of protected space for tigers. With constant global demand for wood products, wild tigers outside of protected areas will be subject to huge habitat losses which is already one of the key reasons why the tiger population globally has plummeted down to almost 4,000 left.
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