Maya, the tigress of Tadoba


Tigress Maya is being highlighted during Earth Day. This day is about loss of biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, pollution, freshwater depletion. But also vanishing species, man-animal conflicts, ocean acidification… Our planet continues to fight these serious environmental challenges. The world comes together to observe and celebrate Earth Day.

While the destruction might seem beyond reparation, every idea still counts.

Perhaps with this conviction this year’s theme was set to Restore our Earth. It emphasises reviving the world’s ecosystem. With emerging green technologies, natural processes and innovative thinking. Aishwarya Sridhar however throws the spotlight on Maya. Maya is one of TATR’s few surviving royal Bengal tigresses. TATR stands for Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, of of India’s finest tiger reserves.

A 50-minute documentary Tiger Queen of Taru was made by a Mumbai-based wildlife photographer. She traces the remarkable legacy of Maya. How the tigress writes her own rules, secures her bloodline and territory. She was 15 when she saw Maya for the first time. Maya was a cub who lost her mother. After that she parted ways with her two siblings. “Over time, I’ve seen her grow in the wild and fend for herself.” she said. “She’s fierce, charismatic and tourist-friendly. Consider yourself lucky if you get to spot her.” She often nonchalantly zig-zags her way through the safari lines. She’s is the most popular tigress, after Machli. “I can bet that she’s the crowd-puller at Tadoba. And has a worldwide fan-following,” the 23-year-old said.