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Poachers kill black back mountain gorilla

Posted on: 20.06.11 (Last edited) 21 June 2011

Tragic news of the death of a mountain gorilla in Ugandan National Park

International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) staff have just informed us of the sad news of the death of a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, over the weekend.

The black back, Mizano (the only black back in the group), from Habinyanja group was killed by poachers in Bwindi on Friday morning. From the information we have so far, it appears that the poachers speared the gorilla and then ran away, leaving him to be attacked and killed by their dogs. UWA are now investigating the incident and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project will perform a necropsy tomorrow.

For updates as they come to hand please check IGCP’s website here.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI), together with WWF and AWF are founding members behind the IGCP, whose mission is to conserve mountain gorillas and their forest habitat.

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Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to Fauna & Flora International (FFI) upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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