Kwita Izina is an ancient tradition which involves holding a ceremony to name new born baby gorillas. It was introduced in 2005. Also this is the time Rwandan families get to name their new born babies. For the past 30 years, the park rangers & researchers named the baby gorillas as an important of monitoring each one of them in their group/family and habitat.
The Kwita Izina (Rwanda Gorilla Naming ceremony) was created as a means of bringing attention internationally about the importance of protecting the endangered mountain gorillas. In Rwanda the mountain gorillas live in the Volcanoes national park and the others in the Virunga Mountains on the border of DRC. Rwanda Gorilla Permits go for 1500$ since June 2017 as the price was raised to help in conservation of the gorilla habitats.
Since the first Kwita Izina Ceremony in 2005, about two hundred and thirty eight (238) gorilla babies have been named in the twelve ceremonies. This years’ ceremony will take place on 1st September at Kinigi, Volcanoes national park – starting off with a Gala Dinner on 26th, and a conservation & tourism exhibition on 27th – 28th, scientific tours and much more. The Rwandan tradition & culture of giving names to a new born baby has been there for Centuries. About 19 gorillas will be named this year at the Kwita Izina event in Kinigi.
A limited number of ‘behind the scenes’ scientific tours which are only available during this period will give visitors the unique opportunity of experiencing the Mountain Gorilla conservation and veterinary programs in Musanze, interacting directly with researchers and park officials.
The Kwita Izina Gala Dinner will bring industry leaders to come together to celebrate a common cause; to support Rwanda’s conservation success and raise funds for key conservation projects. Volcanoes National Park is located in Musanze village also known as Ruhengeri, which is very accessible by public transport from Gisenyi or Kigali or from the airport. It’s a 2 hour drive to the park and the Headquarters are located in Kinigi.