The alpha male of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India
T24, aka Ustaad. the sadr-e-riyaasat, the capo dei capi, the big daddy-O, not just of Sultan, the handsome young heir apparent picture above, but of large tracts of Ranthambhore. There are more stories about him than of Charles Sobhraj, Salman Khan, and Putin combined and his direct gaze will make you involuntarily take a backward step.
Many tiger experts feel that he is still too strong, too big and too powerful for his son, Sultan to challenge him this year. Let us see where this story goes next season, when the monsoon rains will erase all territorial markings and a new chapter will begin in lives of these magnificent cats.