The gorilla – known as Rafiki, meaning “friend” in Swahili – was part of the famous Nkuringo gorilla group that lives in Bwindi National Park and is not widespread and is popular with tourists.
Rafiki was reported missing on June 1, according to a statement from Uganda’s Wildlife Authority. A search that began the next day found his body in the park.
A post-massacre report revealed that Rafiki was injured by a sharp device in his abdomen and internal organs, according to the release.
A man was arrested when pigs and several hunting devices were found in his possession on June 4.
He confessed to killing Rafiki, but said he did it in self-defense, the release said. He initially said he went with a group to hunt in the park when they met the group of gorillas. The silver return is charged and he was shocked, said the beginning of the wild life at its release.
The man shared the pork with fellow poachers, according to the statement. The four suspects are awaiting trial, but it is unclear what charges they are facing.
At the time of Rafiki’s death, Nurikrigo’s team had 17 gorillas, the release said. The silverback was the dominant male in the group that also included three blackbacks or younger mature males, eight adult females, two young and three infants, according to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority.
The group was the first to live in the southern part of the park, which hosts about half of the world’s gorilla population.