Kwita Izina Ceremony; Beyond the Baby Gorilla Naming
Rwanda is a lively country with everyone engaged in rebuilding the image of this small country bewildered by a record of ethnic conflict.
It’s a flowing thing that circulates all over the country that even the Rwanda safari travelers end up being part of it.
The Kwita Izina Ceremony is a unique initiative of its kind. None of the countries with mountain gorillas have ever come up with such a conservation strategy but Rwanda did and this demonstrates her capacity to move ahead of others in positioning herself as a gorilla sanctuary – something that continue to pull the primate enthusiasts to plan gorilla safaris and tours to Rwanda.
Though primarily built on the baby gorilla naming cause, the Kwita Izina presents an iconic opportunity to showcase the unmatchable Rwanda tour products especially culture, art and history.
An exhibition is always arranged days to the naming date and country’s beauty is showcased while the neighbouring states are also given the opportunity to showcase theirs.
This annual event is becoming a mile stone in the conservation story of Rwanda as it attracts counts of people world over among which include re-known conservationists, veterinary experts, leisure travelers on gorilla safari in Rwanda, the government officials and the local people all gathering to learn more and appreciate the purpose of conservation for the benefit of the present and the future.
The 12th Edition of the Kwita Izina Event is scheduled to occur on September 2nd to the north west of Rwanda in the famous gorilla highlands of volcanoes National Park.
It will be a moment of celebrating the achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable tourism evidenced by the steady increase in the mountain gorilla population. The event will run under the theme United in driving growth through Conservation.
The count of 19 baby gorillas are set to be given names in the forthcoming event including the twins which makes the event very exciting than never before.
This comes at a time when the gorilla census is undergoing with the results excepted to be out next year. The Virunga massif features 480 mountain gorillas as per the last census in 2010 depicting 26.3% increase from the 2003 figure of 380.
The whole week will be filled with activities including trade exhibition, customised scientific tours, familiarization tours and the Conservation on Conservation – a high level forum.
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