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Rafiki (© Andreas Klotz)

A Tragedy in Bwindi

Categories: Gorilla Groups, People & Gorillas, Uganda, Bwindi, Mountain Gorilla

The silverback Rafiki was killed in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, presumably by poachers. Rafiki was a member of the mountain gorilla group Nkuringo since 2003, he was found dead on 2 June 2020. His dead body was examined by the Gorilla Doctors and exhibited a large stab wound resulting of a spear, which was identified as the likely course of death. The UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) announced that 4 poachers were arrested in connections with Rafiki's death. The Nkuringo group is one of the groups regularly visited by tourists. After Rafiki's death it consists of 16 animals - 3 blackbacks, 8 adult females, 2 juveniles and 3 infants. Following the death of the only silverback the fate...

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