The Gorilla Naming Ceremony is one of the new products that are steadily gaining fame among the world travellers including those that undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda. The 12th edition of its kind, this year’s gorilla naming ceremony is scheduled for September 2nd at its usual venue Volcanoes National Park to the north west of Rwanda.
This annual event marked by naming of baby mountain gorillas stand as a national celebration of the conservation efforts and the accomplishments in the sustainable tourism related to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas – the highly sought after wildlife species by travelers on gorilla safaris and tours in Uganda and Rwanda.
The Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board Mr Belise Kariza disclosed that the event will run under the theme ‘United in driving growth through conservation’ which capitalises on the 2014’s call for prioritisation of conservation and ensuring sustainable tourism promotion. The officer further notes that the scheduling of the ceremony in September puts it in the world’s tourism month according it considerable exposure on a global scale.
During this year’s Kwita Izina ceremony, a count of 19 baby mountain gorillas which have been born after the naming ceremony of last year are to be named among which include remarkable twins. This event comes at a time when the Volcanoes National Park has been acting as a base for the gorilla census in the Virunga massif whose results will be availed in 2017. The block is recorded to have had a count of 480 mountain gorillas in 2010 which was a 26.3% rise from the 2003 figure of 380 mountain gorillas.
This 12th Rwanda gorilla naming event is planned to last a whole week period and will incorporate a range of activities such as two (2) days exhibition, customised scientific tours, familiarization trips and Conversation on Conservation an outstanding high level forum while the gorilla naming day will mark the end of the week’s activities. The travellers on gorilla tracking safaris are welcome to engage in all the activities. The other participants expected to attend include; conservation partners, policymakers, regional partners, philanthropists, tourism industry leaders, celebrities and famous travel bloggers.
Volcanoes National Park where the event is always conducted is a pivotal center of conservation most of which is centered on mountain gorillas. The gorilla naming is seen as another conservation strategy that binds gorillas with humans and enhances awareness of gorilla conservation among the public both at local and international level.