Kwita Izina Ceremony
2018 Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda – 18 Baby gorilla to be given names Just like newborn babies are named in human families, volcanoes national park celebrates the birth of new baby gorillas each year. It’s a yearly event in which baby gorillas are given names for easy identification of each baby mountain gorilla in his/her respective family.
Gorilla naming ceremony is one of the key activities that make gorilla tours to Rwanda exceptional. This year, kwita izina is set to take place on September 7 at the head quarters of volcanoes national park in kiningi where 18 baby gorillas will be named. In most cases, the named babies are those ones born after the last naming. Each baby is given a different name based on the circumstance in which it was born, the future expectations and the location it was born.
Purpose of Gorilla Naming
The purpose of gorilla naming is to ease the monitoring of each mountain gorilla in the national. Rwanda is the only destination where gorillas and thousands of travelers both locals and internationals travel to Rwanda to witness this event. Also, gorilla-naming ceremony is a platform through which Rwanda development board spreads the importance of gorilla tourism and wildlife conservation. The ceremony attracts a high number of people both travelers, conservationists, researchers and local people to enjoy this joyful moment. Last year over, 2000 people attended the event hence a great hope for a great number this year.
Gorilla naming ceremony/ Kwita Izina was launched in 2005 and it’s when the first set of baby gorillas was named. Since then, over 258 mountain gorillas have been given different names, which is surely a great achievement. The babies are picked from different gorilla families in Volcanoes national park. The park has a total of 10 gorilla families and is a home to the highest population of gorillas in the Virunga conservation area.