The Gorilla Naming Ceremony (Kwita Izina) in Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas are one of the few remaining animals in the world however, we are fortunate that there are some newborn Gorilla babies in Rwanda. There are to be named on June 22 during Kitwa Izina.

This is the 9th Kwita Izina edition to be conducted in Musanze area under the theme ‘Celebrating nature and empowering local communities.’ This time we have twelve babies and one new gorilla family will be named during the 9th edition event. This will be preceded by the launching of community projects around Musanze area.

The Rwanda Development Board’s head of tourism and conservation, Rica Rwigamba, said it will be an occasion for Rwanda to increase its visibility and promote its culture. “At this function, many tour operators from different parts of the world are invited to attend this ceremony. This will help the country to win fame and let people become more aware of the country.

Virunga National Park is shared by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda; it is home to an estimated 480 gorillas. Book yourself a 3-day gorilla trek to Volcanoes National Park between 21st and 23rd June to be able to participate in the 2013 Kwita Izina (Gorilla Naming ceremony) in Rwanda.