This year (2017), the gorilla-naming ceremony will take place on 1st September and thousands of people in the primates and gorilla spheres from all parts of the world are expected to grace the ceremony.
The babies to be named are those that were born after the last year’s naming and in this 2017. The upcoming kwita iziina ceremony will mark the 13th ceremony since 2005 when the first gorillas were named.
Names given are in Kinyarwanda traditional language depending on the past and present situations, the time and place of birth plus the future expectations.
Specific guests both travelers, conservationists, and researchers are invited to name these gorillas and thousands of people both local and international attend to witness this ceremony.
The gorilla naming ceremony takes place in Kinigi at the head quarters of volcanoes national park that kwita iziina takes place in Kinigi and various groups of super dancers are always present to entertain the ceremony making it so enjoyable.
The major purpose of gorilla naming is to promote the extensive awareness of gorilla tourism and the importance of the protection of these endangered species in their natural habitats both at the community, national, regional and global level.
More still, kwita iziina aims at easing the monitoring of each individual gorilla in his or her respective family.
The ceremony is all supervised by the Rwanda development board (RDB) a government body responsible for wildlife conservation, tourism, and new product development and marketing in Rwanda.
Besides gorilla naming ceremony, Rwanda offers you with other amazing experiences such as gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking in the volcanoes national park, chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park and wildlife safaris in Akagera national park among others.