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July 30, 2020 - CTV News

Poacher who killed rare silverback gorilla Rafiki gets 11 years behind bars

Poacher who killed rare silverback gorilla Rafiki gets 11 years behind bars
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A man has been jailed for 11 years in Uganda after he confessed to killing a rare silverback gorrilla last month.

The gorilla -- known as Rafiki, which means "friend" in Swahili -- was part of the famed Nkuringo gorilla group that lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is hugely popular with tourists.

Rafiki was reported missing on June 1 and his mutilated body found the next day inside the park. A post-mortem report revealed that Rafiki was injured by a sharp device to his abdomen and internal organs.

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