Ugandan Man faces Jail Sentence For Killing Rare Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Ugandan Man faces Jail Sentence For Killing Rare Silverback Mountain Gorilla

 

 

 

 

A Ugandan man, Felix Byamukama, has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for killing mountain gorillas best known as Rafiki.

Byamukama was jailed for illegally entering a conservation park and killing a gorilla. According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Byamukama said he had to kill the gorilla in self defense when it charged towards him in a violent manner.

With just over 1000 still in existence, the rare silverback mountain gorilla is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla and is considered an endangered specie by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

According to report, Rafiki was killed by a sharp that penetrated his internal organs. It went missing on 1 June, the dead body was discovered by a search team the next day.

Byamukama will serve several sentences concurrently, leading to 11 years in jail which falls far short of the life sentence it was predicted he could have been given.

 

 

Ugandan Man faces Jail Sentence For Killing Rare Silverback Mountain Gorilla

 

 

 

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