NEWS: Tigress Arrowhead T 84 spotted with three newborn cubs in Ranthambore National Park

Tigress Arrowhead T 84 spotted with three newborn cubs in Ranthambore National Park on 25 July 2023

Good news from Ranthambore

The number of tigers has increased in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Here the famous tigress T-84 Arrowhead of Ranthambore has given birth to three cubs. A video of these cubs and tigress has also been shared by the Rajasthan Forest Department. Monitoring of the entire area has been increased.

Cubs about two and a half months old

According to the information received from the forest department, the tigress along with three cubs has been captured in the photo trap camera of the forest department in Ranthambore's Nalghati forest area ( Zone 2). The age of the cubs is said to be around two to two and a half months.

After the tigress was caught on camera with the cubs, the precautionary surveillance has been increased by the Forest Department. At the same time, after the tigress was seen with three cubs, now once again the family of tigers has increased in Ranthambore.

Now the number of tigers in Ranthambore National Park has increased to 78. Significantly, the movement of tigress usually stays with tiger T-120 and T-101.

Became a mother for the fourth time

Tigress Arrowhead has become a mother for the fourth time. At the moment he is looking healthy. Forest officials told that Tigress T-84 i.s. Arrowhead is about nine years old and it is the daughter of Tigress T-19 i.e. Krishna of Ranthambore. The tigress has given birth to cubs for the fourth time.

In February 2018, Arrowhead gave birth to three cubs in her first litter but after a few days they disappeared from the sight of the forest department.

After this, in January 2019, the tigress gave birth to two cubs in the second litter. They are known as T-124 i.e. Riddhi and T-125 i.e. Siddhi.

In July 2021, the tigress gave birth to three cubs in her third litter, but the cubs disappeared after a few days.

And now on 25 July 2023, the tigress has given birth to three cubs in her fourth litter.

According to the information received from the sources, in June 2023, the movement of the tigress remained in the Hunting Lodge area of Zone 3 for several days. In such a situation, the possibility of giving birth to cubs was expressed at that time also. But it was not officially confirmed.

Movement of tigress lives in these areas

According to the information received from the forest department, the movement of Tigress Arrowhead resides in Ranthambore's Hunting Lodge forest area (Zone 3), Nalghati, Jhalra, Nalsatka, Nayarasta, Khemcha Kund (Zone 2) etc. forest areas. Earlier in the month of June, the tigress was seen in the Jhalra forest area. At that time also a change was visible in the physical structure of the tigress.

Arrowhead's old ties with Nalghati

There is a wave of happiness among wildlife lovers after being seen with three cubs of tigress Arrowhead i.e. T-84 in Ranthambore National Park. The tigress along with three cubs has been captured in the photo trap camera of the forest department in Naal Ghati forest area, although Tigress Arrowhead has an old association with the Nalghati forest area. This is not the first time that the tigress has been seen with cubs in the Naal Ghati forest area. The tigress, who has given birth to cubs four times so far, has been seen with cubs twice before in the Nal Ghati forest area. 

Tigress Arrowhead and her three cubs video in Ranthambore National Park

Introduction

In a heartwarming turn of events, the famed tigress Arrowhead aka T 84 has been sighted in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, with three adorable newborn cubs. This thrilling discovery has set the wildlife community abuzz, as Arrowhead (T84) is not only a highly celebrated member of the park's tiger population but also a symbol of hope for the conservation efforts in the region. The presence of these cubs signifies a promising future for the endangered Bengal tigers in India. This article delves into the significance of Arrowhead's sighting and explores the implications for wildlife conservation in Ranthambore.

The Legendary Arrowhead

Arrowhead, known for her striking arrow-like marking on her forehead, is one of the most iconic tigers in Ranthambore National Park. Born in 2013, she is the daughter of the legendary tigress Machhli, often called the "Queen of Ranthambore." Arrowhead inherited her mother's extraordinary hunting prowess and remarkable beauty, captivating tourists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Over the years, she has earned a reputation as a skilled and cunning hunter, ensuring her survival in the dense forests of Ranthambore.

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Conservation Milestone

The discovery of Arrowhead with her three cubs is a significant milestone for wildlife conservation in Ranthambore. The increasing tiger population in the park is a testament to the successful conservation efforts put in place by the government and various conservation organizations. Due to relentless poaching and habitat destruction, Bengal tigers faced an alarming decline in their population. However, the efforts made to protect their natural habitats and combat illegal poaching have led to a gradual increase in their numbers.

Arrowhead's presence as a mother offers hope for the continuation of this positive trend. The survival of her cubs would depend on her ability to protect and teach them essential survival skills. Moreover, it signifies a healthy and stable ecosystem in Ranthambore, which is crucial for the long-term survival of these majestic creatures. 

Tigress Arrowhead Ranthambore

Challenges and Threats

Despite the positive news, tigress T 84 aka Arrowhead and her cubs face numerous challenges and threats in the wild. As a mother, Arrowhead must constantly be on the lookout for potential dangers, including territorial disputes with other tigers and threats from poachers. The illegal wildlife trade continues to be a significant menace in the region, driven by the high demand for tiger parts in traditional medicine and luxury goods markets.

Additionally, the growing human population around Ranthambore poses a threat to the tiger's habitat. As human settlements expand, conflicts between tigers and humans become more frequent, leading to instances of retaliation and habitat destruction.

Conservation Efforts

To ensure the safety and well-being of Arrowhead and her cubs, wildlife authorities and conservationists are closely monitoring their movements. Park rangers are working tirelessly to protect the tigers from potential threats and enforce strict anti-poaching measures. Education and awareness programs targeting local communities are also essential in fostering understanding and support for tiger conservation. 

Conclusion

Arrowhead's appearance with her three newborn cubs in Ranthambore National Park signifies a ray of hope for the conservation of Bengal tigers in India. Her presence in the wild highlights the importance of protecting and preserving natural habitats for these magnificent creatures. While challenges persist, the sighting of these cubs emphasizes the positive outcomes of dedicated conservation efforts. The responsibility lies with governments, conservation organizations, and local communities to work together to secure a safe future for Arrowhead, her cubs, and the entire tiger population in Ranthambore and beyond 

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