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Get ready to experience one of the world’s most important celebrations of nature and meet Rwanda’s newborn baby gorillas

Kwita Izina is modelled off a centuries old tradition in which Rwandans name their children in the presence of family and friends. In 2005, Rwanda began officially naming mountain gorillas in what has become a global celebration of nature. By giving a name to these majestic animals, we give them a value they undoubtedly deserve.

The ceremony is an opportunity to thank the communities that live around Volcanoes National Park, our research partners, vets and the dedicated conservationists, rangers and trackers who protect the gorillas. Over the last 17 years, 354 mountain gorillas have been named.

The 18th Kwita Izina will be held on Friday, 2 September 2022, and will celebrate the country’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism.

For more information please visit the event site below.

 Date

2nd September

 Location

Kinigi Kwita Izina Site