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Jaya (Ragbera Female)

Jaya is very much a visitor’s favourite, even though quite elusive with plenty of places to hide. A real bully, she was clever enough to inherit her mother territory, beating out her sister in the process.

Since this victory, she has been attracting the attention of several brazen suitors, but had her first litter of four cubs in late summer of 2012.

Follow Jaya and see her cubs here 

 

Age: 8 years old (adult)
Name Meaning: Victor
Code: D5
First seen: October 2007
Gender: Female
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Jaya was born in the late monsoon of 2007, to skilfulmother Durga and father Shaki. This was her mother’s second litter – most likely born in the Jhurjhura caves – along with sister Vijaya (D4) and brother Sahat (D3). Often seen in the Rajbehra pool with their mother, the two sisters appeared to be more extroverted than their shier, more aggressive brother.

The three cubs stayed on long after they should have left their caring mother. In April of 2009 It was not unusual for visitors to Rajbehra Meadows to spot Durga with her third litter along with her sub-adult offspring – a total of seven tigers!

Tragically in May disaster struck. Jaya’s mother was hit by a vehicle during the night and was found in distress by visitors the next morning. Tragically she succumbed to her injuries. This meant a sudden break up of the entire family.

Jaya and her teenage siblings were forced to set out on their own while the three youngsters, now only 5 – months – old, were penned together by the Forest Department in order to keep close watch on their development.

Jaya now took over the Rajbehra meadow from her mother and was soon mating with the dominant male of the area, Shashi (P10) along with several other males. This may explain why she has yet to give birth as tigresses like to feel secure with one dominant male before conceiving.

Her first litter of four cubs was born in the caves behind Rajbehra meadows in April 2012, three females and one male and they have grown up fast.

During the summer of 2013 the family spent time in the Rajbehra area and were often seen together.  At one year old they appeared fit and well with Jaya in contiuous attendance. This could have be due to the fact that Shashi her original mate and father of her cubs has been driven out of the area by Jobhi and that he is now seen with the family from time to time.

During the 2013-2014 season all four youngsters matured into pretty and handsome tigers and spent a considerable amount of time together, while their mother Jaya moved alone and on hunting sprees. As a family  they have learnt to tackle large kills in the form of Gaur. They were still together at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season but seperated into the new year as the girls now named  Murphee, Trya and Crumbie matured and became of interest to resident males.  The male cub now called Johnno, though he spends time with one or the other of his sisters especially on kills, has become more elusive as he tries to avoid conflict with the more mature males of  the area such as Jobhi, Chinkoo and O1 Ondrila's boy.  Jaya is now getting to know yet another suitor the male from Kulwah, Chinkoo who is taking over much of Tala Zone.  

Will Jobhi allow Chinkoo to take Jaya from him? Only time will tell which male fathers Jaya's second litter of cubs?

 

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These Life stories have been brought to you by Kay and Satyendra Tiwari, and involved twenty five years of passion, note taking and intelligence while living on the borders of Bandhavgarh Reserve. Read their blogs and diaries here.

 

 

01 Jan 2015 Tiger diary 8 months ago

Jaya's four progress to maturity by Kay Tiwari

Jaya’s  four are now fully mature   As the New Year begins in Bandhavgarh it is interesting to note that Jaya is not yet delivered of a new family even though her fo...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh



09 Jul 2014 Tiger diary about 1 year ago

Jaya's brood - a worrying monsoon? by Kay Tiwari

Jaya is spending little time with her two year old foursome now preferring to rest up under the cool Badhaini hill where cooling springs seep from the crevices and offer reli...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Very interesting perspectives...interesting thoughts

Shivir | about 1 year ago

Are there any plans tp relocate any of the villages in and around the buffer zone Kay for future years to come? Soo

Jackwoods | about 1 year ago

As the habitat being limited, newcomers will have a tough time ahead. Compared to Ranthmabhore, Bandhavgarh tigers are more territorial e.g., Sultan (T-72) being matured, still hanging around with his mother Noor (T-39) and his father (T-24). Peculiar thing is the guy is adapting to the situation by not marking his own territory. Hope next season at Bandhavgarh will be better.

subrat | about 1 year ago

Lets hope that these fabulous foursome have a smoother path into adulthood and finding their territories, than Wakeeta and Vijaya's last cubs did and that once again BNP will be full of promise with Tiger sightings. Great blog as always Kay, your blogs have been missed almost as much as the Tigers!. Soo

Jackwoods | about 1 year ago


31 Mar 2014 Tiger diary over 1 year ago

The beautiful Queen of Rajbehra. A diary by Soo and Roger Jackson by Kay Tiwari

It's the golden hour of light, just before the sun starts to fade and drop in that glowing red/orange light under the horizon. The air is still and all senses are strain...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Thanks Soo, we could totally picture the scene thanks to your incredibly detailed description

tigerfan | over 1 year ago

Love the story Soo, and am thankful for all of us, being at reserves at different times, to keep eachother updated.

christina.little | over 1 year ago

Well-written. Loved the way you have narrated how she pats the water thrice for probably testing the depth of the water. :)

Kshitij | over 1 year ago

Written by Soo supported by photo by Roger

KayTiwari | over 1 year ago

lovely different kinda photo.

jyotilegha | over 1 year ago


03 Jan 2014 Tiger diary over 1 year ago

A family romp in the meadows at the start of 2014 by Akash Panchbudhe

Recently the family were out to play in their meadow, Jaya, Vijaya's sister, was having to find a suitable way to keep her brood out of trouble and burn off some of the exces...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


One of my dreams is to see a tiger family group together, nearly got the chance at Bandhavgarh in 2011 but the female cub was sick, so the forest department didn't allow the viewings. Mother, father and 3 cubs all sat together, another time maybe :-)

ernie23 | over 1 year ago

Dont always like each other though. Smell is the most important sense to recognize each other.

KayTiwari | over 1 year ago

Very much so - just like we recognise people, voices and smells!

julianmatthews | over 1 year ago

Do tigers that have split from their families when they become adults recognise their siblings, parents if they come across them a few years later? Just something i've always wondered.

ernie23 | over 1 year ago


26 Dec 2013 Tiger diary over 1 year ago

Jaya - Time to dump the kids? by Kay Tiwari

Jaya looks thin and frustrated.  With a flick of her tail she steps onto the dirt track and without a backward glance wanders towards the hillside. She has been out ...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


It is not that she is less successful rather that she has four growing teenagers to feed which truthfully means she needs a table full every day to satisfy them all and this is impossible for her. She really needs a huge sambar every time she succeeds and this is not going to happen, small kill feed no more than two kids so now its extra hard. Once she leaves them all to make their own way in life things will settle for a while for the tigress.

KayTiwari | over 1 year ago

That is so sad that jaya isn't getting successful hunts now

tigercubs | over 1 year ago


16 Nov 2013 Tiger diary almost 2 years ago

A mother's work is never done! by Kay Tiwari

Jaya has been patrolling her territory endlessly, tracking through Kanoji to Sukki Dam and beyond then circling back towards the hills and ridges of Rajbehra where her four t...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh



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Activity

19 Jul 2015 Photo was added about 1 month ago

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Saw her at watering hole in magadhi zone. Evening safari..Sleep drink and cat walk right across... time flew by while watching her majestic charm.. Sub adult female.. Assuming her to be d/o of Rajbhera female from earlier litter..

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06 May 2015 Photo was added 4 months ago

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Jaya (Rajbehra Female) morning 7:45am spotted marking her territory near to her native place Rajbehra Water Hole.We tracked her as she was crawling to call her sub adult cubs. Our naturalist informed us that she is pregnant. Initial days of pregnancy. She was later seen with her sub adult cubs at magadhi during evening drives, might be a last good bye,, since she will deliver cubs very soon. Updates on cubs awaited ..

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Any photos? This is good news. However her daughter Crumbie is also seen around Rajbehra recently so hope Jaya keeps her new ones safe.

KayTiwari | 3 months ago

The news is she has littered..also saw her pics day before at the dam..it confirms the rumour.

Shivir | 3 months ago

yes,, this is not a recent photo. its from november. she was just pregnant then.. waiting for news of cubs..

vikaspatel77732 | 4 months ago

great looking forward to seeing her again

KayTiwari | 4 months ago

I saw her last Saturday and she is pregnant. Will upload the pitcures soon.

sriskandh | 4 months ago

I presume this is not a recent photo. However as yet there is no news of cubs? Any one seen this tigress recently who might help here/

KayTiwari | 4 months ago

05 Apr 2015 Photo was added 5 months ago

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A visibly pregnant, Jaya, walking across the Rajbehra Anicut....a very nice and leisurely sighting, before she walked into the tall grass of the Rajbehra meadows in the Tala zone...wonder if the cubs have arrived yet? Saw the BBC film crew who are out there making a documentary on the lovely lady....

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You never know! Some people are even glimpsing a tigress around Chakradhara. The first photo someone gets for TN will reveal her identity? Could it be Nalini shifted from her old territory?

KayTiwari | 5 months ago

Wer would love to see any Tiger activity in Rajberra meadoiws in 4 years of trying???? Soo

Jackwoods | 5 months ago

Hopefully this winter, when the sun comes up, Kay, we will see fun and frolic in the Rajbehra meadows again.....keeping my fingers crossed......

amohanty1972 | 5 months ago

Dont expect to see wee ones this season!

KayTiwari | 5 months ago

Dont expect to see wee ones this season!

KayTiwari | 5 months ago

Oh wow...

Shivir | 5 months ago

This was on the 24th March, late afternoon...in the Tala zone near the Rajbehra Anicut, Kay....she was there for a long time, more than half an hour...

amohanty1972 | 5 months ago

When was this taken Amitadh?

KayTiwari | 5 months ago

24 Mar 2015 Photo was added 5 months ago

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She is a sub adult female tigress of Rajbera female. Kay please correct me If I'm mistaken on ID. Seen in magdhi near centre point.

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Nice click Vipin

ameyatarde | 5 months ago

Nice click Vipin.

Kshitij | 5 months ago

Thnx Kay for the ID and family tree details.

vipinsharma | 5 months ago

Yes one of Jaya's girls. This is Trya.

KayTiwari | 5 months ago

01 Jan 2015 Tiger diary 8 months ago

Jaya's four progress to maturity by Kay Tiwari

Jaya’s  four are now fully mature   As the New Year begins in Bandhavgarh it is interesting to note that Jaya is not yet delivered of a new family even though her fo...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


23 Dec 2014 Photo was added 8 months ago

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Early morning near Rajbehra Jaya looks a little thin, tired and jaded. She's having to get used to a new male in her life.

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He's also still about but you know how shy and clever he is.

KayTiwari | 8 months ago

We haven't heard of Jobhi since new magadhi male appeared. Any updates?

imtiazkhank | 8 months ago

11 Dec 2014 Photo was added 9 months ago

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The Rajbehra tigress Jaya came down to drink on the Rajbehra Anicut late in the morning. One could hardly see her body but the reflection revealed all. Photo by Satyendra Tiwari.

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one of our group members also saw her exactly here on 20th nov, kay !!! Seems this is her favourite drinking hole.

jyotilegha | 9 months ago

01 Dec 2014 Photo was added 9 months ago

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One of the Rajbehra sub-adult females earlier this year.

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I would say yes as she is seen independantly the most. Both Yoshila,s subadult females and Jaya were seen today in Magdhi.

KayTiwari | 9 months ago

Kay, is this the female cub who has parted from the other 3 and is now going it alone? If not do we know which of the girls it is? Soo

Jackwoods | 9 months ago

J3 Trya

KayTiwari | 9 months ago

30 Nov 2014 Photo was added 9 months ago

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Jaya’s family of three sisters, Trya, Crumbie and Murphy and a brother, Johnno at over 31 months of age are now independent of her care and moving mainly as individuals. The sisters are in fact mature and will soon go in search of a mate, if so inclined to believe they can support a family, though there is no evidence to suggest any have found space to reside next to their mother. Indeed for this family of siblings innocence and need is allowing them to occasionally come together to tackle big kills such as gaur. This in fact is what recently occurred in the closed area of Rajbehra where alarm calls could be heard and gaur are known to roam, but it was difficult to gain a glimpse of the elusive four. Photo by Kim Sullivan.

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Sorry Adeet. I will ask Aaron to check asap

julianmatthews | 9 months ago

Beautiful picture. Hi I am not able to upload picture for the last couple of months. I get get error 422 as a message. Julian Please help sort this out . Thank you.

adeetghosh | 9 months ago

09 Jul 2014 Tiger diary about 1 year ago

Jaya's brood - a worrying monsoon? by Kay Tiwari

Jaya is spending little time with her two year old foursome now preferring to rest up under the cool Badhaini hill where cooling springs seep from the crevices and offer reli...

Tiger: Jaya

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Very interesting perspectives...interesting thoughts

Shivir | about 1 year ago

Are there any plans tp relocate any of the villages in and around the buffer zone Kay for future years to come? Soo

Jackwoods | about 1 year ago

As the habitat being limited, newcomers will have a tough time ahead. Compared to Ranthmabhore, Bandhavgarh tigers are more territorial e.g., Sultan (T-72) being matured, still hanging around with his mother Noor (T-39) and his father (T-24). Peculiar thing is the guy is adapting to the situation by not marking his own territory. Hope next season at Bandhavgarh will be better.

subrat | about 1 year ago

Lets hope that these fabulous foursome have a smoother path into adulthood and finding their territories, than Wakeeta and Vijaya's last cubs did and that once again BNP will be full of promise with Tiger sightings. Great blog as always Kay, your blogs have been missed almost as much as the Tigers!. Soo

Jackwoods | about 1 year ago

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