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Wakeeta (Banberi Female)

Wakeeta’s life has never been easy. After her mother died while Wakeera was still a teenager, she has survived to establish her own territory and is with her second litter after raising her first litter to adulthood. Can she do the same again?

Follow Wakeeta's life here

 

Age: 8 years old (adult)
Name Meaning: Beautiful Flower
Code: R17
First seen: Unknown
Gender: Female
Notable marks: Small, dark coated tigress

Wakeeta, or “beautiful flower in Hindi was born in Banbehi along with her sister and two brothers. One of these male cubs died at a very young age due to illness. The family was the fifth litter of prolific mother Reshma's (S2) who raised an incredible 16 cubs to adulthood. Under the protective eye of charismatic male Sundar (B2), Reshma gave birth to three litters of his cubs.

Reshma raised the three cubs until they were about 17 – months -old when she tragically died in mysterious circumstances in early May 2009. Reshma left behind Wakeeta, her brother (R16) and her sister still only coded as R18 to fend for themselves many months before maturity.

Wakeeta survived her mother’s death, and blossomed into a beautiful and petite female and establishing her territory in Banbehi and Amma Nallah as well as outside the reserve. Her siblings however vanished and we do not know what happened to them.

In 2011, Wakeeta was found in a distressed state by forestry workers. A Poisoned goat left outside the park was suspected as the cause of her illness and the Forest Department tranquillised her and administered antidote. Wakeeta recovered, dashed off back into the jungle, and lived to tell the tale.

By the end of April, she had given birth to her first litter – two males and a female. It’s difficult terrain in which to spot her cubs, who she keeps close by, but she is well on the way to mothering them to adulthood and independence - even though her lazy male cubs (W1 and W2) keep hanging around for free meals!

In March 2013 after being seen with her suitor, Shashi, a second litter was born with four cubs. Soon one was noticed to be very weak, a runt of the litter and died in early November 2013, and then a further cub who was also not getting enough to eat was also found dead a week later.

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.

 

24 Feb 2014 Tiger diary about 1 year ago

Where is Wakeeta's only surviving cub? by Kay Tiwari

Wakeeta, a petite tigress, lies behind cover of  fruit bearing bushes favoured by langur monkeys close to the sandy track. She has a sambar meal to occupy her time and is enj...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Yeah, I agree with you that with better protection, more young males are around. I somehow feel that Pyari and her cubs (right from Challenger, the three sisters of Chorbehra, JhurJhura, and Mahamman, then Shashi, Bhitri, etc.) had so much success in ruling Tala because Reshma's cubs used to disappear after dispersal as her territory was towards the fringes. Now I am not sure whether it was better protection that allowed Wakeeta to survive or was it the death of Reshma leaving back a vacant territory for her that worked, we have more cubs from the Reshma lineage today with both Tulsi and Wakeeta raising cubs successfully in recent years. It seems the first step of "protection" has started showing results. Now the next stages of expanding forest cover and improving prey density should be concentrated on. And I have another question - was fencing a good thing after all? I remember reading Satyendra sir's article long back about the difficult times Lakshmi was facing since her territory was narrowed down to a small strip due to fences on one side and flanked by the former Bhitri tigress (Pyari's daughter later moved to Panna) and Pyari herself! And these tense times were probably the reason for her not bearing cubs in those days (around 2008 I suppose.) So has the fencing finally helped in better protection because we see so much over-crowding today? Or was it still a bad decision? What do you or Satyendra sir feel about the fencing today?

Kshitij | about 1 year ago

Tala certainly seems to be in a real mess. I am very concerned about Tulsi as she is a mature female and has only really just changed one suitor after loosing B2. Now she is dealing with more troubles and I fear she might move territories, or try too, as Pyari did in Chakradhara when conflict arose with males and so too Indrani in Mahaman after loosing Bhoka/Shaki. But where she can go thats safe? Things might take somewhat longer to settle I fear and then for Vijaya if she has cubs again will Pushy push in there too and disrupt things again. No, I have never seen this before and nor has Satyendra most probably due to low prey base, too many males,over crowding, fencing and nowhere to disperse too etc etc. Greater protection has created huge problems that were never foreseen and now nature is taking over and the tigers will deal with population control themselves so it seems. We have to remember that in the previous generation of tigers like Reshma few cubs were ever seen again after two seasons, many simply vanished. This is not so today so Bandhavgarh faces very different and difficult problems the main ones being no safe dispersal space and no natural food beyond the park boundary.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

This is really worrying... @Kay mam Has Tala become unusually unstable post the deaths of B2, Bokha, Reshma, Pyari, Lakshmi, Durga, etc.? Do you remember any time previously when there was so much instability in Tala?

Kshitij | about 1 year ago

Its nothing short of a miracle that Tulsi's cubs are still alive. Touch wood! What a wonderful mother she is.

sriskandh | about 1 year ago

We are all hoping the cub is safe somewhere. Today Pushpraj was at Marauli and then took an hour or so to reappear crossing at Banbehi. Missed him sorry to say. For sure he is searching for his mother too to annoy her some more. And Tulsi is not seen since crossing over to Khriki side a couple or so weeks ago, no pugs either in Tala zone. Very worrying for both tigresses as Shashi/Bamera is still being very elusive in his territory.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

I saw her on Thursday near Chuhua. She slid into the thickets and reappeared at Rampur Tiraha. She then crossed over and went in the direction of Madhauli camp. She was repeatedly calling out to her cub.

sriskandh | about 1 year ago

That is heartbreaking, and I hope and pray that he is well. It is tough for a tigress. Thank you Kay,you are amazing.Truly blessed to be so close to them daily.

christina.little | about 1 year ago


29 Jun 2013 Tiger diary over 1 year ago

A family of five at the table by Kay Tiwari

It’s raining in Bandhavgarh; welcome moisture to refresh a thirsty land. For tigers, life is easier, water is far closer and their meals congregates in large herds, a collect...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Another wonderful article. It is a difficult time for the park authority to keep track of these special species. Three and half month is too long a wait to see our beloved tiger and tigress. Hope and prey to see flourish in the heaven.

subrat | over 1 year ago


01 May 2013 Tiger diary almost 2 years ago

Can family bonds hold sway? by Kay Tiwari

Wakeeta was back in Rampur and Ghorademon yesterday but very unhappy. Sitting in the gorge were not only her three two year olds, W1, W2 and W3, but just yards away was t...

Tiger: Tulsi

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


The good days might be back but where are they all going to live in the end?

KayTiwari | almost 2 years ago

Another excellent article and informative too. Bandhavgarh is booming with cubs. Hope the good days are back.

subrat | almost 2 years ago


10 Mar 2013 Tiger diary about 2 years ago

Wakeeta. Mother again. Second litter by Kay Tiwari

Good news. For some time now Wakeeta has been out of sight, hidden away in the Banbehi hills keeping herself to herself. However, today she was out on her territorial rounds ...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Any confirmation on number of cubs wakeeta have this time ?

tejas.raval | about 2 years ago

Just joined Tiger Nation..this is so exciting.

pinkray | about 2 years ago

Wow that good news

FarooqueKhan | about 2 years ago

Great News....Hope we see them on TigerNation soon

tejas.raval | about 2 years ago

Great news...

imtiazkhank | about 2 years ago

Fantastic news...

Anshul02 | about 2 years ago

Great news.

subrat | about 2 years ago


11 Feb 2013 Tiger diary about 2 years ago

Wakeeta - Soon the pitter patter of tiny paws? by Kay Tiwari

Wakeeta, an expectant mother, has been patrolling her territory each night. She's making sure that no other tigress has entered her domain, as she prepares her nursery for th...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


sir, you are very much right, where the new born cubs will go, our forest cover is decreasing at alarming rate and india and due to population explosion the day is not so far when forest will turn into concreate jungles thanks to the word so called devlopment which is dostroying every thing and our future generation will curse us for what we have given good for nothing

Abhishek | about 2 years ago

Like Ranthambhore and Tadoba, Bandhavgarh is booming with cubs. The problem is simply where do they go??

julianmatthews | about 2 years ago

This is an wonderful news. Hope to see them in Summer.

subrat | about 2 years ago


06 Jan 2013 Tiger diary about 2 years ago

Hot gossip. Is Wakeeta pregnant already? by Kay Tiwari

Hot Gossip. Is Wakeeta, the petite beauty, strutting her rounded belly on the Ghorademon to Khriki road this morning, looking everything like a proud young mother to be?...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Just in time for a trip next January?

adrianmannn | about 2 years ago

Its not certain but could be and she certainly wants rid of her last three. She is looking wonderful.

KayTiwari | about 2 years ago

Great news...

shivangmehta | about 2 years ago


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26 Nov 2014 Photo was added 4 months ago

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Wakeeta at Sitamandap in May 2012

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Wonderful capture...I'm yet to see a Tiger @ Sita Mandap. Any updates aboout Wakeeta?

imtiazkhank | 4 months ago

14 Sep 2014 Photo was added 6 months ago

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Banbei male cub when he was 10 month old.

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22 May 2014 Photo was added 10 months ago

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Wakeeta (Banbehi) cubs of second litter which didn't survive. Saw these two cuties following mom when she came up over the ridge in her area .

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16 Apr 2014 Photo was added 11 months ago

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Wakeetha - Flehmen Response @ the edge of her territory near chuva area finding the presence of Tulsi/Milchani female.

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24 Mar 2014 Photo was added about 1 year ago

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Wakeeta in Bhitri meadow on 20th March

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Subrat, Pushpraj is ever present. Somanshu is sometimes seen and there is a third boy about in Tala Range that covers both Magdhi and Tala zones. Ananti and Kanvar are not seen though there is rumour of a female about too in Wakeeta's territory no one can ID? There are also rumours Vijaya may have had cubsbut this is now two or three months old so we should be seeing them soon if this is so unless shes decided the Fort plateau is the home for a new family?

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

Any news about her first litter Female and other two males? What is the news about the presence of a new male (Saw photo of Sudhir Shivaram) in Mirchini area. Compare the photo and it is not either of Banbei's Males.

subrat | about 1 year ago

I think we have to presume all are dead. Wakeeta looks very well and seems to have adjusted to loosing her family.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

No one knows for sure Christina, the last cub has not been seen for sometime but is feared lost. Soo

Jackwoods | about 1 year ago

Has she lost all of her cubs? Poor mom.

christina.little | about 1 year ago

03 Mar 2014 Photo was added about 1 year ago

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Pretty Wakeeta (Banbehi female) - in a dramatic light

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Thanks everybody for the honest feedback, my intention was not to characterize any particular tiger, but the animal as a species. The specification of the name was mostly to maintain the forum posting procedures :)

NandySoumyajit | about 1 year ago

Soumyajit......tooooo good!!

Rajarshi | about 1 year ago

This image truly depicts the wilderness of a tiger. Excellent processing and lighting

Trayambak | about 1 year ago

I do think its very beautiful in a catesque way!

julianmatthews | about 1 year ago

I agree ...she is looking evil and devious like.

jyotilegha | about 1 year ago

Personally this picture does not display this tigresses character and I dont like it.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

02 Mar 2014 Photo was added about 1 year ago

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Pretty Wakeeta on her morning patrol duty

Mini_dpp_4096 Uploaded by Soumyajit Nandy  

24 Feb 2014 Tiger diary about 1 year ago

Where is Wakeeta's only surviving cub? by Kay Tiwari

Wakeeta, a petite tigress, lies behind cover of  fruit bearing bushes favoured by langur monkeys close to the sandy track. She has a sambar meal to occupy her time and is enj...

Tiger: Wakeeta

Reserve: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh


Yeah, I agree with you that with better protection, more young males are around. I somehow feel that Pyari and her cubs (right from Challenger, the three sisters of Chorbehra, JhurJhura, and Mahamman, then Shashi, Bhitri, etc.) had so much success in ruling Tala because Reshma's cubs used to disappear after dispersal as her territory was towards the fringes. Now I am not sure whether it was better protection that allowed Wakeeta to survive or was it the death of Reshma leaving back a vacant territory for her that worked, we have more cubs from the Reshma lineage today with both Tulsi and Wakeeta raising cubs successfully in recent years. It seems the first step of "protection" has started showing results. Now the next stages of expanding forest cover and improving prey density should be concentrated on. And I have another question - was fencing a good thing after all? I remember reading Satyendra sir's article long back about the difficult times Lakshmi was facing since her territory was narrowed down to a small strip due to fences on one side and flanked by the former Bhitri tigress (Pyari's daughter later moved to Panna) and Pyari herself! And these tense times were probably the reason for her not bearing cubs in those days (around 2008 I suppose.) So has the fencing finally helped in better protection because we see so much over-crowding today? Or was it still a bad decision? What do you or Satyendra sir feel about the fencing today?

Kshitij | about 1 year ago

Tala certainly seems to be in a real mess. I am very concerned about Tulsi as she is a mature female and has only really just changed one suitor after loosing B2. Now she is dealing with more troubles and I fear she might move territories, or try too, as Pyari did in Chakradhara when conflict arose with males and so too Indrani in Mahaman after loosing Bhoka/Shaki. But where she can go thats safe? Things might take somewhat longer to settle I fear and then for Vijaya if she has cubs again will Pushy push in there too and disrupt things again. No, I have never seen this before and nor has Satyendra most probably due to low prey base, too many males,over crowding, fencing and nowhere to disperse too etc etc. Greater protection has created huge problems that were never foreseen and now nature is taking over and the tigers will deal with population control themselves so it seems. We have to remember that in the previous generation of tigers like Reshma few cubs were ever seen again after two seasons, many simply vanished. This is not so today so Bandhavgarh faces very different and difficult problems the main ones being no safe dispersal space and no natural food beyond the park boundary.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

This is really worrying... @Kay mam Has Tala become unusually unstable post the deaths of B2, Bokha, Reshma, Pyari, Lakshmi, Durga, etc.? Do you remember any time previously when there was so much instability in Tala?

Kshitij | about 1 year ago

Its nothing short of a miracle that Tulsi's cubs are still alive. Touch wood! What a wonderful mother she is.

sriskandh | about 1 year ago

We are all hoping the cub is safe somewhere. Today Pushpraj was at Marauli and then took an hour or so to reappear crossing at Banbehi. Missed him sorry to say. For sure he is searching for his mother too to annoy her some more. And Tulsi is not seen since crossing over to Khriki side a couple or so weeks ago, no pugs either in Tala zone. Very worrying for both tigresses as Shashi/Bamera is still being very elusive in his territory.

KayTiwari | about 1 year ago

I saw her on Thursday near Chuhua. She slid into the thickets and reappeared at Rampur Tiraha. She then crossed over and went in the direction of Madhauli camp. She was repeatedly calling out to her cub.

sriskandh | about 1 year ago

That is heartbreaking, and I hope and pray that he is well. It is tough for a tigress. Thank you Kay,you are amazing.Truly blessed to be so close to them daily.

christina.little | about 1 year ago

12 Feb 2014 Photo was added about 1 year ago

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Closeup of beautiful Banbai (Wakeeta) cub. I am hopeful this one is the sole survivor of her second litter.

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11 Feb 2014 Photo was added about 1 year ago

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Banbehi (Wakeeta),she has a little heart shape between her shoulder blades and had a puncture wound .11-30-2013

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