An Annual Ceremony for Naming Baby Gorillas
The ritual celebrates the bonding between Rwandan citizens and the rare primates. Like humans, gorillas too have families and both have a lot in common with the two considered to be cousins.
This year's Kwita Izina featured naming 22 gorilla babies born since late last year. The new babies bring the total number of gorillas named to 283 since 2005.
Rwanda’s Volcano National Park is home to 304 gorillas representing 35% of the entire world’s population. The introduction of the gorilla naming ceremony has seen renewed interest in conservation efforts and the ceremony is to be extended to naming lion cubs too.
Kwita Izina, has grown in profile to become the country’s biggest event on the conservation calendar, attracting scores of tourists. This years tourism exhibition opened Saturday at the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village drawing participants from at least six countries in the region.
A fundraising gala dinner, brought together close to 400 people and managed to raise Rwf25 million. And in 2015-2016, Rwanda received $305 million revenues from National Parks. That's how conservation aids the economy!