Mala ( T39) Tigress - The Beaded Beauty of Ranthambore

Call her Noor, Mala or Sultanpur female, the celebrity tiger of today is T-39 that has captivated many attentions of Ranthambore visitors. This amazing tigress is famous for its amazing beauty and wavy pattern on its body. The names given to it has much significance. To start with "Mala" that significantly means necklace in Hindi due to the decorative bead-like stripes on her side flanks. The name suggested "Noor" means glow as her wavy patterns bring a sparkle like attractions to the visitors. She was born to the Sultanpur female T-13 (Chotti) and so is also called the Sultanpur female by some locals. One tigress with many featured names is really a brilliant creature in Ranthambore.

This beautiful tigress that descends from the sister of the great matriarch Machali, the majestic dame of Ranthambore was grown up in Guda/Sultanpur, the southernmost part of the park where she gained so much fame by the visitors since it was a cub, as she is as extrovert as her aunt (T-16). At the same time her brother is an enthusiastic adventurer who moved from Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh of his own accord.

After separating from her mother T-13 at the age of two, her mother littered two cubs with T-12. After that T-12 tiger was very soon relocated to Sariska during the year 2010. As a result T-12 (Mala's father) territory was left estranged which was further over took by Sultanpur Male (T-24). This brought a danger sign for the new siblings of Mala and her mother was in fear of being attacked by Sultanpur Male. Mala's mother had to leave the area and Mala was left alone under the dominance of Sultanpur Male.

It was the same time when one of Mala's brothers, T-38 who vanished without a trace but sometime later it was being caught around the area of Kuno Palpur Sanctuary in MP. Her brother was being identified through the similarity in the striped patterns and was further confirmed that it was the same lost brother of Mala. Impressively, T-38 covered the dangerous journey over 100 miles by crossing the grand Chambal River. The settling of her brother actually created enthusiasm among the conservationists and the forest officials about the functioning of the Kuno Palpur Sanctuary.

Mala was recently being observed by some tourists during this year in the month of mid April who was sitting majestically in the middle of the road with her 3 cubs. Her swollen mammary glands and erect teats confirmed her as nursing mother that proved that she recently had delivered. The tourists observed her a very extrovert and confident creature, ready to have a pretty yet majestic encounter with anyone.

Today Mala, T-39 is enjoying her dominance in her territory and is busy in nursing and training her cubs. She can be found roaming around the areas of singhdwar-sultanpur-kala peela pani-khemcha kund- phootah bhanda-kishni ka deh-soleshwar situated across zone I, II & VI of Ranthambore. We are eagerly waiting for some more actions and new incidences in the Ranthambore vicinity and expecting something exciting about her growing cubs.

Common Identifications of Mala (T-39):

  • similar in appearance with T-17 without collar
  • beaded necklace like strips on her body
  • broken left ear
  • inverted trishul like mark above the right eye
  • two prominent "Y" formation on right hind leg