Sad news. One of the most famous mountain gorillas in Uganda, named Rafiki, was killed by poachers. He was killed by a spear that hit him in the stomach. The spear dug deeply in, damaging the internal organs. Four men were arrested in connection with the case, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said.
The gorilla’s age was estimated at 25 years. Rafiki was the leader of a herd of 17 individuals living in Bwindi National Park. Members of the herd were used to people’s presence. “Rafiki’s death makes the group unstable and there is a possibility of its breakup,” said Bashir Hangi from UWA. In 2018, the mountain gorilla was removed from the list of critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is currently classified as endangered. Poachers are waiting for their cases in court. In Uganda, killing a representative of an endangered species faces a severe penalty: life imprisonment or a very high fine.