Uganda | 11-year prison term for poacher who killed well-known gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable NP

A poacher who confessed to killing a rare silverback gorilla in Uganda in June was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday, on charges of illegally entering a protected area and killing a gorilla, among other charges, authorities said.

The silverback, known as Rafiki, was the leader of a group of more than a dozen gorillas known as the Nkuringo troop, which has been popular with visitors to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for decades. The nearly 80,000 acre UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to nearly half of the world’s mountain gorillas and has long drawn tourists from around the world hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare species.

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