Yearly “Kwita Izina” in Rwanda

Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Rwanda has a long kept tradition of naming newly born baby gorillas during a yearly ceremony called “Kwita Izina“. This unique event was introduced with the aim of creating more awareness about the endangered mountain gorillas and the conservation efforts. Giving names to the newly additions in the gorilla families therefore plays a significant role in the on-going program of monitoring the gorilla groups and their habitat.


One of the baby mountain gorillas to be named during the ceremony

This year, on 5th September, the 11th Kwita Izina will take place at the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Not less than 24 baby gorillas, that were born since last year’s ceremony, will be receiving their official name. The event will be attended by thousands of international, regional and local participants. Including our own representatives from Great Lakes Safaris of course!

The famous ceremony however does not only focus on the mountain gorillas but also celebrates Rwanda’s successful tourism and conservation efforts in general.


Did you know that…
… soon another general census of the gorilla population in the Virunga massif will be carried out?
… the last census is from 2010, showing a 26% growth in the number of mountain gorillas since 2003!
… in 2013 American actor Isaiah Washington was honoured to name a baby gorilla. He choose to call him “Karisimbi”, meaning ‘natural beauty’.
… one of the invited guests this year is the Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff.
… it’s not too late yet to register for the event and join us during the celebrations!

Read more about the Kwita Izina…

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