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The gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda expected to attract celebrities to Kinigi
Rwanda will host the 12th annual Kwita Izina, the gorilla-naming ceremony inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born, on Friday, September 2.
In the 11 years since the event was established, two hundred and sixteen mountain gorilla babies have been named in a celebration of nature together with the communities who protect our majestic mountain gorillas.
The event this year is expected to bring together thousands of Rwandans, friends of Rwanda and even celebrities to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park.
Launched in 2005 by the then independent ORTPN, the Rwandan Office for Tourism and National Parks which has since become part of RDB, the Rwanda Development Board, is Kwita Izina a uniquely Rwandan event. Here it is not only a celebration and naming of newly born mountain gorilla babies, but also serves to raise awareness of the importance of the protection of species and their habitats at community, national, regional and international levels.
Last year’s Kwita Izina saw 500 international and 20,000 local attendees travel to Kinigi, where the Volcanoes National Park headoffice is located, a short distance from the town of Musanze.
With now less than two months leading to the 2016 edition, here are the top 10 reasons why one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to be a part of Kwita Izina 2016.