Event Gorilla Naming "Kwita Izina"

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Period 22/06/2013
Event location Kinigi, Musanze District
Host Rwanda Development Board, Tourism and Conservation
See the agenda http://www.rdb.rw/kwitizina/?page_id=16
Event URL http://www.rdb.rw/kwitizina/
Contact person
Email address: kwitaizina2013@rdb.rw
Phone: +250788891444
Contributor Djuma Nsanzimana
Geographical coverage Rwanda
Keywords biodiversité

Please join Rwanda for the annual gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, at the base of the Volcanoes National Park. The event will take place on Saturday 22 June 2013 in Kinigi, Musanze.

Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming a baby soon after his/her birth. In the nine years since the event was established, 161 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.