Kwita Izina 2018 is a time-honored tradition in which Rwandan families hold a ceremony to name newborn gorilla babies. For three decades, prior to the first official gorilla naming ceremony, the Park Rangers and Researchers named Rwanda’s baby gorillas as a key part of the on-going program in monitoring each individual gorilla in their family and habitat.
Kwita Izina 2018 is fast becoming known as Africa’s leading dialogue on conservation and tourism. Alongside the naming ceremony, a week-long celebration of activities. You should not miss out this Kwita Izina 2018.
This year, twenty-three infant mountain gorillas will be named at the 14th baby gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, which will take place on September 7, 2018 at the foothills of the Volcanoes Mountains in Musanze District.
Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Conservation is Life’.
Belise Kariza, Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board (RDB), has had this to say about the upcoming Kwita Izina day;
“The increasing number of mountain gorilla in the Volcanoes National Park is proof of the strides that we have made in gorilla conservation. This could have not happened without the support and collaboration of our conservation partners as well as the cooperation of the members of the community surrounding the park. Initiatives such as the ‘Kwita Izina’ gorilla naming ceremony, transboundary cooperation and local community education and engagement have all played a major role in conserving gorillas”.
On the 4th and 5th September 2018, the ‘Conversation on Conservation’ (CoC) forum will take place alongside an exhibition focused on conservation trends and practices.
As a result of conservation efforts such as Kwita Izina, the population of the endangered mountain gorilla has increased to 604 in 2016 in the Virunga Massif compared to 480 in 2010.