|credit: Sandhip Sharma|
World tiger day last month celebrated some good news. India's tiger population, half the world's remaining tigers, increased by 30%. Machli contributed to that population increase in her advanced age, birthing nine cubs at age 17. More than half of the tigers in Rathambore and Sariska Tiger Reserve are thought to be of her lineage. Two of her cubs were airlifted to Sariska in 2008 to repopulate the reserve. Machli was awarded a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the local economy which benefited from a $10 million per year increase in tourist revenue for ten years. She also received her own postal cover issued in September 2013. Goodbye, great tiger, peerless in fight who burned so bright!