Corrupt Ranger shoots Silverback

The Gorillas conservation issue not only rages on in the Congo, but also in Zaire, where earlier this year 2 adults, including the groups Silverback, were shot dead.

The shots came from a corrupt park ranger who had been paid by an illegal collector to capture a young male to sell on the black market. However, the ranger had underestimated the ferocity with which Gorillas will protect their groups, and his stupidity and greed forced the killing of another two individuals in the process. Fortunately the baby was rescued from a truck on the Ugandan border, but losing 2 breeding adult Gorillas, especially a Silverback, is enough to cause a damaging dent in the group.

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