Poacher Who Killed Gorilla Rafiki has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after confessing to
killing a rare silverback gorilla in Uganda in June
on charges of illegally entering a protected area and killing a gorilla, among other charges, authorities said
Rafiki, a 25-year-old silverback who was the head of a gorilla group in the southwestern Bwindi Impenetrable
Forest National Park, was killed with a spear in early June.
Bwindi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
is home to about half the world’s remaining population of roughly 1,000 mountain gorillas.
Byamukama Felix pleaded guilty to killing the gorilla, as well as a bush pig, and being in possession of
bushpig and antelope meat during a hearing at a magistrate’s court in the town of Kabale,
the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said in a statement on Thursday.
Poacher Who Killed Gorilla Rafiki Sentenced
“We are relieved that Rafiki has received justice,” Sam Mwandha, UWA executive director, said. “This should serve
as an example to other people who kill wildlife. If one person kills wildlife, we all lose, therefore we request
every person to support our efforts of conserving wildlife for the present and future generations.”