Dec 9, 2021

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Famed gorilla dies at 35 in Congo park

A veteran gorilla, descended from a celebrated ancestor immortalized on a banknote, was found dead near a national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as the nature reserve announced on Monday .

“The lonely gorilla Mugaruka, around 35 years old, died of bloody diarrhea on Friday,” said park spokesman Hubert Mulongoy.

The body was discovered by rangers in a tea plantation near Kahuzi-Biega.

The gorilla was the last descendant of Maheshe, who of Poachers killed and on a banknote under Mobutu. was reminded of the presidency of Sese Seko.

“It is an enormous loss,” said Mulongoy.

“He came regularly to visit us in the general area of ​​the park, to the delight of the public. “

Mugaruka lived alone after he lost an arm in a trap at the age of three

The 600,000 square kilometer reserve, lies between two extinct volcanoes near Bukavu, in one of the most troubled areas of the vast country.

Kahuzi-Biega provides habitat for one of the last populations of the eastern lowland gorillas, which, according to its website, consist of around 250 primates.

In August, the park – near the border with Rwanda – celebrated the birth of an eastern lowland gorilla.

It is classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is due to he endangers the presence of armed groups and settlers, poaching and deforestation.