The 10th annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony was this year held on the first day of July at the Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi. Because every gorilla birth is a reason for celebration for the successful conservation efforts, the baby mountain gorillas are officially named during an event that attracts thousands of national and international visitors. Amos Wekesa, CEO of Great Lakes Safaris and Uganda Lodges, attended the festivities as well.
This year the theme was “A Decade: Conserving-Empowering-Growing” to highlight the country’s achievements in conservation and tourism development. No less than 18 baby gorillas were named during the event, including Ndengera (protect me), Inzozi (dreams) and Tebuka (hurry through).
“We acknowledge the role of local communities in the sustained conservation of the Volcanoes National Park, specifically the protection of the gorillas and their habitat. We believe that in the empowerment of our local communities, we also gain sustainable tourism development,” said Valentine Rugwabiza, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).