Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming

Kwita Izina 2019: Rwanda’s gorilla-naming ceremony

Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda 2019 is a very important time-honored tradition where newborn baby Gorillas are named. For three decades, before 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 gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda 2019 official date will be communicated in due course so, be sure to check this page for updates.

Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda is fast becoming known as Africa’s leading dialogue on conservation and tourism. Alongside the naming ceremony of young gorillas, a week-long celebration of activities.

Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda

About Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda

Naming newly born babies of gorillas has been part of the Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries. Given the remarkable efforts by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board(RDB), and in collaboration with various conservation partners and local communities, to actively protect the Mountain Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition was modeled on this species to get the national brand known as “Kwita Izina”.

Names attributed to the gorillas play an important role in the on-going program of monitoring each individual gorilla in their families and habitat. Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla.

For three decades prior to the first official gorilla naming ceremony, the naming of baby gorillas was carried out by rangers and researchers that closely monitor these unique animals on a daily basis.

Thousands of international, regional and local participants over the recent years have attended Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda. A lot of conservation partners with the Government of Rwanda have donated substantial resources to gorilla conservation and continue to do so. Each year newborn gorilla babies are celebrated in an exciting event at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains.

Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda is a week long celebration of activities including Conservation exhibition and highly acclaimed Conversation dialogue forum in Kigali, a fundraising dinner in Rubavu and hosted familiarization trips for international Tour Operators and Media comprise.

What to know about Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda

  • There are no real gorillas at Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda?

    No, the Rwanda Development Board is not going to torture gorillas by bringing them to the event. Instead, you will get a photo list of little gorillas born that year. There will be dashes for names, and you can entertain yourself by making them up, however, the real thing is going to be done from the stage, by important personalities from around the globe.

  • It always happens at a particular same place at (almost) the same time.

    You can plan for this. The setting is Kinigi, the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park not far from Musanze Town, and it happens the first Friday of September, beginning in the morning.

  • It is a free event with online registration.

    You will have to apply for your free ticket to Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda online (we will add the link for Kwita Izina 2019 when it becomes available), and that will be it.

  • What time are supposed to arrive at the event?

    It is an excellent idea to be at the site before 8 am. The best parking places and the best seats will still be available for you to grab. The entertainment begins early, you can meet many lovely people and thoroughly enjoy the informal side of Kwita Izina. Tens of thousands of people will join you later.

  • What to expect during the Kwita izina event?

    In addition to famous singers and performers and top traditional dancing groups, there are of course a couple of people who are expected to say something. If you are lucky, you will hear President Kagame himself, and each of the gorilla names will explain her or his choice. It will help your focus if you can actually see the speakers in real life, instead of following the action on big screens.

  • It takes hours but there is shade and there are drinks.

    Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda is a multi-hour event. You will be seated in big tents and there will be a bar.

  • Gorilla names are not a gimmick, they are real.

    Finally, gorilla names are actually a practical thing. After decades of conservation efforts, the number of mountain gorillas on this planet is bigger than 1,000 at last but that still calls for extreme attention to each and every individual! For example, there are specialized gorilla doctors taking care of their health. Professionals who work with gorillas use nose prints (peculiar wrinkles above nostrils) to know who is who.

Past Ceremonies, Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda

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