gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda. The 12th edition of its kind, this year’s gorilla naming ceremony is scheduled for September 2nd at its usual venue Volcanoes National Park to the north west of Rwanda.
annual event marked by naming of baby mountain gorillas stand as a
national celebration of the conservation efforts and the accomplishments
in the sustainable tourism related to the world’s critically
endangered mountain gorillas – the highly sought after wildlife species
by travelers on gorilla safaris and tours in Uganda and Rwanda.
Chief Tourism Officer at the Rwanda Development Board Mr Belise Kariza
disclosed that the event will run under the theme 'United in driving
growth through conservation' which capitalises on the 2014’s call for
prioritisation of conservation and ensuring sustainable tourism
promotion. The officer further notes that the scheduling of the ceremony
in September puts it in the world’s tourism month according it
considerable exposure on a global scale.
During this year’s Kwita
Izina ceremony, a count of 19 baby mountain gorillas which have been
born after the naming ceremony of last year are to be named among which
include remarkable twins. This event comes at a time when the Volcanoes
National Park has been acting as a base for the gorilla census in the
Virunga massif whose results will be availed in 2017. The block is
recorded to have had a count of 480 mountain gorillas in 2010 which was a
26.3% rise from the 2003 figure of 380 mountain gorillas.
Rwanda gorilla naming event is planned to last a whole week period and
will incorporate a range of activities such as two (2) days exhibition,
customised scientific tours, familiarization trips and Conversation on
Conservation an outstanding high level forum while the gorilla naming
day will mark the end of the week’s activities. The travellers on gorilla tracking safaris
are welcome to engage in all the activities. The other participants
expected to attend include; conservation partners, policymakers,
regional partners, philanthropists, tourism industry leaders,
celebrities and famous travel bloggers.
Volcanoes National Park
where the event is always conducted is a pivotal center of conservation
most of which is centered on mountain gorillas. The gorilla naming is
seen as another conservation strategy that binds gorillas with humans
and enhances awareness of gorilla conservation among the public both at
local and international level.