Rwanda baptized several mountain gorillas on Friday, an opportunity to show its commitment to the conservation of this species.
The country is home to a large population of its mammals, and 352 baby gorillas have already been named. The Prince of Wales virtually took part in this ceremony.
“The baby I am going to name is a baby male gorilla born on April 29, 2022 from the Umuhoza family, from his mother Agasaro. The name I give him is Ubwuzuzanye which means harmony.”
The gorilla naming ceremony was held at Volcanoes National Park in Musanze district. The 20 baby gorillas named are members of the Noheli, Musilikali, Ntambara, Mutobo, Igisha, Susa, Kureba, Pablo, Sabyinyo, Muhoza, Amahoro and Hirwa families. They were born in the park within the past 12 years.
The names attributed to these different gorillas will allow, according to the organizers of Kwita Izina, to monitor their health and their behavior, in other words to facilitate their identification over the years. Former Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba and Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour took part in the session
“The name I give to it is Ihuriro, which means ‘revolving center’. This name was chosen to represent Rwanda as a multi-sectoral revolving center.”
It was in 2005 that Kigali began to identify its animals based on an old tradition very popular in this country, which wants children to be named in the presence of friends and family.
At this Kwita Izina 2022, a show was offered to the guests. Due to the Covid, this is the very first edition that was held face-to-face, the last date of 2019.