Four poachers arrested for the death of the rare silver-backed gorilla Rafiki

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Known as Rafiki, meaning “friend” in Swahili, the gorilla was part of the famous Nkuringo gorilla group that lives in the Bwindi Impassable National Park and is popular with tourists.

According to the statement from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rafiki was reported missing on 1 June. His body was found in the park in a search the next day.

The post-mortem report revealed that according to the release, Rafiki was injured on the abdomen and internal organs with a sharp device.

A man was arrested after bush pork, and on June 4 several hunting devices were found in his hand.

The release confessed to killing Rafiki, but said he did it in self-defense. He told the authorities that when they met the group of gorillas, he went with a group to hunt in the park. The silver ridge was charged and the wildlife official said he was released.

The man shared the bush pork with poachers. Four suspects are waiting to be tried, but it is not clear which charges they face.

At the time of Rafiki’s death, the Nkuringo group had 17 gorillas. According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the silver-backed group was the three black backs or the dominant male with younger mature men, eight adult women, two children and three babies.

The group was the first to reside in the southern part of the park, home to about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

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