In Rwanda every gorilla birth is a reason for celebration for the successful conservation efforts. This year, the Gorilla Naming Ceremony “Kwita Izina” will take place on 22 June 2013 at the base of the Volcanoes National Park, in Kinigi, Musanze.
Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming a baby soon after its birth. In the nine years since the event was established, 161 mountain gorillas have been named in a celebration of nature and the communities who protect these magnificent animals. Rwanda’s community led conservation efforts have led to a 26.3% growth in the population of gorillas since 2003 and Kwita Izina has been key to this success.
Twelve baby gorillas and one newly formed family will be named this year. The ceremony will include performances by Rwanda’s famous National Ballet and local musicians. The honour of naming the gorillas will be given to local and international guests.