Rwanda held another historic event on 5th September 2015 by naming all new mountain gorilla babies in a ceremony that was held on the northern part of the country. This years Kwita Izina ceremony was attended by so many conservationists, celebrities, tourists and most of all the president of the republic of Rwanda, His excellence Paul Kagame. It is aimed at ensuring that new born baby gorillas are recognized and named as well conserving mountain gorillas and their habitats.
24 baby gorillas named in Rwanda.
24 baby gorillas named in Rwanda were from different mothers and groups. Bukima female gorilla produced a female gorilla babie on 16th January 2015 and it belonged to Isabukuru gorilla family. Gutangara gave birth to a male gorilla on 24th Feb 2015, Ikirezi of hirwa gorilla group gave birth to a female babie, impuhwe of igisha gorilla group produced a female baby gorilla on 22nd August 2014, Inyenyeri of Agashya gorilla family produced a female gorilla on 19th June 2014, Pablo of Ishyaka family produced a male baby on 4th April 2015, Ikirezi of Hirwa gorilla family gave birth to a female baby on 17th August 2015 while Inyenyeri produced a female baby on 19th June 2015. This is a sign that mountain gorilla numbers are increasing through positive conservation efforts.
This gorilla naming ceremony was supposed by many stakeholders including; Rwanda Air, Bank of Kigali, Eco Bank, Akagera Aviation, Equity Bank, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Top view Hotel, Park view courts, among others.
Naming a newly born baby has been part of Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries. Given the remarkable efforts by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, and in collaboration with various conservation partners and local communities, to actively protect the Mountai n Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition was modelled on these species to get the national brand known as “Kwita Izina”. We want to thank the government of Rwanda for continuously being on the forefront of mountain gorilla conservation efforts