A man has been jailed for 11 years after killing a popular mountain gorilla at a national park in Uganda.
Felix Byamukama pleaded guilty to a number of wildlife offences committed at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The gorilla, a male named Rafiki, was reported missing on 1 June and was found dead the next day.
Two days later, Byamukama was arrested with several hunting items, including a spear and snares, according to a statement from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Rafiki – “friend” in Swahili – led the Nkuringo troop of more than a dozen gorillas.
The troop has been popular with visitors for decades, according to the New York Times.
Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, chief executive of Conservation Through Public Health NGO, said that the killing was unintentional.