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Twelve Baby Gorillas to be Named in the Upcoming Kwita Izina

Twelve Baby Gorillas to be Named in the Upcoming Kwita Izina


Rwanda will for the ninth time hold the baby gorilla naming  ceremony,‘Kwita Izina’ on June 22, 2013 in Kinigi Musanze district.

According to Rica Rwigamba, head of Tourism and Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), this year’s naming ceremony will feature twelve ne born babies and one family an will run under the theme “Celebrating Nature, Empowering Communities.”

Rwigamba says that the celebration of these wonderful animals is also a way to thank all those who take care of them ranging from rangers, vets and the community living near their habitat.

Through the tourism revenue sharing scheme, RDB funds various community projects throughout the country.

This year, Maize Grinding Plant, a maize production cooperative near Nyungwe National Park will be launched.

The women’s cooperative used to cut trees from the park to curve mortars for maize crushing. Today, with the support of RDB, they have a modern grinding machine that has increased their production. They now supply maize flour throughout their area.

RDB says that this ears celebration will be more than just one event but a series of events which will include community celebrations, launch of community projects as well as the Kwita Izina Caravan.

The tour caravan will go from Kigali to Kinigi passing by the different touristic attractions and community projects on that route.