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24 November 2016 / leggypeggy

Good news from Pench and sad news from Gir

Collar Valley, Pench

Collar Valley has reared 25 cubs. She was pregnant in this pic

Collar Valley
Collar Valley of Pench Tiger Reserve is going to make it into the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. This grand old lady has successfully reared 22 cubs to adulthood (she’s only ever lost one). Earlier this month, she gave birth to another three, bringing her live total to 25. This is a world record for Bengal tigers.

We spent quite a bit of time following Collar Valley last year when we were in Pench. We came upon her in the morning and watched as she padded through the forest. She wasn’t all that happy to see us because our vehicles blocked where she wanted to go. If I recall correctly, she was pregnant at the time with her previous litter.

She got her name from the fact that she was one of Pench’s collared tigers. Her old collar stopped sending signals quite a few years ago, and Anand says it fell off in the last year. Bet she’s pleased about that.

You can read about our time with Collar Valley here.

Male Asiatic lion, Gir, India

Could this be Maulana?

We were saddened to learn that Maulana, an iconic lion in India’s Gir sanctuary, died last week. At age 16, he was one of Gir’s oldest surviving lions. For many years, he and his brother, Tapu, reigned over a pride of 39 lionesses and cubs. He had been under treatment for the 10 days before his death.

We visited the sanctuary in Gujarat last year and were lucky enough to see numerous lions, including one adult male and some juveniles. Our group was travelled in two Gypsy (open 4-wheel drives) and the other group saw three different males: one older and two young ones. I wonder if any of us saw Maulana. The post about our visit to Gir is here.

P.S. There have been several other major losses in India’s animal kingdom since we arrived in early October. Ram, another lion of Gir, died earlier this month. He was also 16. A male, Kingfisher, died in Pench after a territorial fight with another male, Umarrani. But human behaviour takes the biggest toll. Across India, tigers are poached, poisoned and displaced by urban development. I saw a newspaper report that said a tiger is lost every 10 days. 😦

P.P.S. On a lighter note. Given that this post covers births and deaths, I thought you might get a kick out of the fact that Australians have an amusing slang expressions for births, deaths and marriages—hatch, match and dispatch.

P.S.S We’ve seen a new tiger on this visit. I’ll be posting about Prince of Bandipur National Park soon.


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  1. beetleypete / Nov 24 2016 4:00 am

    Live goes in a circle, whether for humans, or for the King of the Beasts. Nice to know that the departed lions and tigers had a peaceful life on the reserve, and that the new cubs will be safe too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:57 pm

      Cubs can have it tough too, but the reserves provide a better safe haven than most places.

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  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 24 2016 4:21 am

    A tiger lost every ten days – that is horrific. But thank you for this post about the wild creatures with whom (we are supposed to) share the world.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:55 pm

      Actually the numbers can be much worse than that. So heartbreaking and completely unnecessary.

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  3. chattykerry / Nov 24 2016 5:07 am

    Thank you for some good news on endangered species! Happy Thanksgiving, Peggy!

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  4. Kenny2dogs / Nov 24 2016 7:41 am

    Well she certainly earned her stripes, regarding replenishing the reserves gene pool. 25 births …..wondering how many litters it took to produce them :/

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:54 pm

      Not sure how many litters, but tigers usually have three to five cubs at a time. There were three cubs in both of Collar Valley’s last two litters.

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  5. Lesley Snow / Nov 24 2016 10:02 am

    A good read. While I’m sad about the deaths the fact that so many are being raised to maturity and beyond in peace is a little heartening. Thank you!

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:53 pm

      It’s wonderful that tigers like Collar Valley are good mothers to so many.

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  6. Curt Mekemson / Nov 24 2016 11:59 am

    Pench is quite the girl. Pretty amazing, Peggy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:52 pm

      Thanksgiving wishes to you too. We’re in a fabulous resort today in the south of India. Food is amazing.

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      • Kenny2dogs / Nov 25 2016 2:36 am

        I’m jealous 😉

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 25 2016 3:56 am

        I’m sure India will wait for you. 🙂

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      • Curt Mekemson / Nov 26 2016 5:29 am

        Ah, Peggy, we had turkey with all of the trimmings and it was delicious, but my mouth always starts watering when I think of Indian food! 🙂 –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 26 2016 12:30 pm

        If you’re quick, Curt, you can make it in time for the Indian feast I’m making for our daughter’s cricket team on Friday.

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  7. thatmishmash / Nov 24 2016 3:46 pm

    Yes , Maulana was a star . Even featured in the Gujarat tourism ads . I haven’t been to Gir and am waiting to go there someday soon.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 3:51 pm

      Yes, I read that Maulana was in the tourism ads. Wish I had seen them.

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      • thatmishmash / Nov 24 2016 3:53 pm

        You might find them on youtube… one that featues Maulana and a legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan .

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      • leggypeggy / Nov 24 2016 6:37 pm

        Thanks for that. I’ll have a look when I have a stronger internet connection. 🙂

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  8. wfdec / Nov 24 2016 11:21 pm

    Collar Valley is a most beautiful animal.

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  9. Forestwoodfolkart / Nov 25 2016 3:54 pm

    I have never heard of that expression hatch, match and dispatch… must be more danish than Australian!!! lol… I enjoyed your post, Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 26 2016 3:47 am

      Guess I’ll have to investigate the origin. I first heard it in Australia. 🙂

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  10. IreneDesign2011 / Dec 4 2016 7:17 pm

    Good to see these Tiger’s get a little more protection there. They are beautiful species and we need to remember, that we are all equal allowed to stay here.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 4 2016 11:06 pm

      Excellent point, Irene. Many signs in India’s national parks remind people that we all have a right to be here.

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      • IreneDesign2011 / Dec 4 2016 11:22 pm

        Even I’m not a fan of snakes, I do respect their right to be here, just as much as my own. I do meet them sometimes at my walks here in Spain and I just wait for them to pass, before I continue my walk.

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      • leggypeggy / Dec 5 2016 8:51 pm

        You have such an honourable approach to snakes!

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  11. The Year I Touched My Toes / Dec 18 2016 9:29 pm

    Wow 25 cubs that is amazing.

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 18 2016 9:35 pm

      She deserves her place in the Guinness Book of World Records.


  12. tricksareforchibs / Dec 20 2016 7:22 am

    Absolutely beautiful animals.

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  13. Niladri / Aug 2 2017 5:07 am

    Hi leggypeggy, I think Collarwali has given birth to 26 cubs ….nevertheless she deserves a place in the Guiness book of world records

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