The Tiger Man, Fateh Singh Rathore, died at his home in Sawai Madhopur on March 1st, 2011. He had been suffering from lung cancer. He was 72. Fateh Singh Rathore’s legacy is the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve which he helped create in 1973 and spent almost forty years protecting and campaigning for. He was Field Director of Ranthambore and made the park world famous for its tigers. He was a vocal critic of India’s conservation policies and made enemies in the government and friends among his fellow activists. Fateh Singh Rathore recently won the World Wildlife Fund Lifetime Achievement Award for his conservation efforts.
Upon his retirement, he helped launch an NGO — Tiger Watch — which was constituted with the idea of augmenting the resources of the Forest Department to combat various problems faced in the management of the tiger reserve.