Poachers spear Uganda’s most famous gorilla to death, in ...

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Poachers spear Uganda’s most famous gorilla to death, in ‘self-defence’

Four face life in jail for killing silverback Rafiki, one of only 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence

Marcus Parekh

Hunters have killed one of the world’s best-known silverback gorillas in Uganda in what is understood to be the first such slaying in a decade.

Rafiki, who was the leader of 17 endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the east African country, was found dead with severe internal injuries. One of only 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence, it died after being stabbed with what is believed to have been a spear.

Four men have been arrested, and, if convicted of killing an endangered species, they face sentences of life imprisonment or fines of up to R91m. The men are expected to be charged under a new wildlife protection law passed in 2019...

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