Bandhavgarh's Pride: Tiger B2 and Tiger Bamera
Honoring International Tigers Day with the stories of some of the most iconic tigers of India. Tigers are said to be highly territorial, to the point where after another dominant tiger takes over the region, he kills the cubs of the tiger or tigress before to ensure that he rules over the terrain unchallenged. It's the real Game of Thrones. There have been instances where tigresses have adjusted to let other female tigress flourish, however, in the case of male tigers this is a very rare incident. Moreover, when tigers reach a certain
age, roughly around 2 years or 3 years of age, they are pushed out of the mother's region in order to create their own dominance. They can either choose to come back later and fight the mother or father for dominance in the region or go to a new place and start afresh.
A very interesting behavior trait in female tigress is that they usually do not fight for dominance. They inherit the region after the death of their parents. The reason they do not fight is that they have to take care of their children as under most circumstances the father often leaves. They have what my team and I call "Toxic Mumma-ness".
Usually, 3 or 4 female tigers can be spotted in one male tiger region. Tiger Bamera of Bandhavgarh is one of the few tigers that came back to challenge his father to take back the kingdom that rightfully belonged to him.
Bandhavgarh National Park situated in the Vindhya Range of Madhya Pradesh, India covers an area of 737 square km as the core area and 763 square km as the buffer zone. The landscape of Bandhavgarh is blessed with the most stunning variety with step ridges, undulating forests, and open meadows. Not only the topography but also the vegetation is all accommodating. It ranges from tall grasslands to thick sal forests and gives equal opportunity to all flora and about 37 recorded species of fauna to strive and grow in harmony. This is not said by me, it's stated on their website.
Bandhavgarh National Park like the others was a reserved land for the Maharaja of Rewa for hunting, however, in 1968, Maharaja of Rewa donated the land for the national park to be built. The National Park was established in the year 1984 and since then Bandhavgarh takes huge pride in housing the largest population of tigers in India and is also a very successful breeding ground for the population of leopards and a variety of deers. Foodchain in the making ya'll.
The pride of Bandhavgarh happens to be B2 Male, the tiger who along with Machli from Ranthambore received the TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) lifetime achievement award for bringing more wildlife tourism to India.
B2 born in the year 1997 was the son of Mahaman Male or also known as Charger and Mohini Tigress. B2 stands for Bacchi 2 (the 2nd child of Bacchi), it was a name given to him derived from his mother's, Mohini, who the local people of Bandhavgarh referred to as ‘Bacchi’. In the other parts of the national park, he was also called Sunder.
B2 was a very calm and composed tiger, he has never ‘Mock’ Charged at any jeep. He is said to be pretty used to the idea of tourists, cameras, and jeeps. It's a very sad testament to human encroachment, but on the bright side, tiger sighting was guaranteed. He would just walk along the road or cross the road and disappear. He is also said to have a very strong paternal instinct, which is a rare quality in Male Mammals. He had almost 35 cubs in the span of 2001 to 2010. One of the lesser-known stories is about his litter with Banbei Female of Tala Zone. She died a few months after the birth of the litter. The cubs were about a year old when B2 took the 3 cubs under his wing and taught them how to survive in the jungle. One of B2's last fights was with Bamera, on losing which he left the area, told you, it's the real civil Game of Thrones. B2 died on November 21, 2011, in Sadol district. Eventually, B2 was cremated at Basahakol in Magadhi Range which is now his final resting place.
B2 blessed Bandhavgarh with a very capable son Bamera. Although Bamera did not have a very long rule and was eventually dethroned in 2016. He took after his father in all the other aspects, except one. He was born in 2004. He left with his sister towards Panpatha Sanctuary, Bamera Village and Bamera Dam in 2007 and returned to challenge the father in 2008. B2 was not only defeated but also seriously injured.
Although Bamera took the region in 2008, he was defeated and pushed out by Rancha Male, who killed his cubs. Bamera eventually died in 2016 and he is remembered as a great opponent but not an apt ruler. He is also remembered for his calm disposition and quiet ways like that of his father. Father like Son.
Source: Mr. Mukesh Burman.
He was born and brought up in Bandhavgarh and has been serving as a very knowledgeable guide for Bandhavgarh National park since 1998.
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