The timeless Rwandan ceremony kwita izina (to give a name) is part of the celebration of the birth of a new child in a family. This name is selected by family members and is announced during the ceremony.
For three decades this same ceremony has been performed for Rwanda’s newly born mountain gorillas by rangers, researchers and those charged with the safekeeping of these unique animals.
In 2005 this Gorilla Naming Ceremony became a public ceremony hosted by then ORTPN.
In 2007 the Ceremony was officially named Kwita Izina and has become an exciting part of Rwanda’s tourism and conservation calendar. The event is a celebration of Rwanda’s conservation efforts in protecting the endangered mountain gorilla.