Two people have been arrested for poaching a baby gorilla which comes from a critically endangered species. They were found with the animal in Rwanda and said they had bought it in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).They had kept the gorilla, which is aged between 8 and 12 months old, for around six days. Rwandan authorities said it had been well looked after and had been fed by the poachers on bananas and sugar cane. In a statement, the Rwanda Development Board said the “baby’s external condition show that he is in good health”.
The gorilla has been named Luck by the park workers caring for it. The animal has been named “Luck” by the people now caring for it. The poachers were accused of taking the animal from the Virunga National Park in DRC. It is one of the few remaining habitats of the rare mountain gorillas which conservation groups say are critically endangered – with about 680 surviving. Poaching has caused
Problems for the primate population and the Rwandan government have pledged to increase their efforts to stop trafficking. Last month, they handed over six orphaned gorillas to the DRC after they were smuggled out of the country to be sold as exotic pets, or for people to eat as bush meat.