The Poacher Who Killed Rafiki The Rare Silverback Gorilla Is Jailed For 11 Years

By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

A man has been jailed for 11 years in Uganda after he confessed to killing a rare #silverback gorilla last month. The gorilla — known as Rafiki, which means “friend” in Swahili — was part of the famed Nkuringo gorilla group that lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is hugely popular with #tourists.

Rafiki was reported missing on June 1 and his mutilated body found the next day inside the park.

A post-mortem report revealed that Rafiki was injured by a sharp device to his abdomen and internal organs.

Byamukama Felix was arrested a few days later with bush pig meat and several hunting devices in his possession, authorities said.

Byamukama pleaded guilty to several charges including killing a gorilla, entering a protected area and being in possession of illegal meat.

He told authorities he killed Rafiki in self-defense when he went with a group to hunt in the park and they came across the group of gorillas. The silverback charged and he speared it, he said.

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