Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony

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 19 years, 397 mountain gorillas have been named.

The 19th Kwita Izina was held on Friday, 1 September 2023, and celebrated the country’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism.

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