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13 Baby Gorillas Named At Kwita Izina

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The function which was the climax of the Kwita Izina caravan tour was done by selected guests who included Nigerian film star Ramsey Noah among others who were given a chance to choose from given names for the respective baby gorillas.

While speaking at the function on Saturday, Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi, who also the chief guest, applauded all the people for spearheading the tourism industry which has created jobs and increased revenues for government.

“Your visit is a testimony that you are more than ordinary visitors but ambassadors and partners in conservation of mountain gorillas,” stressed the Premier.

He further noted that the function is useful to the conservation of nature.

He therefore said that government of Rwanda has put in place policy of sharing 5 percent of the revenue from the national parks to the communities around the parks.

“This has led to the set up of up to 280 community projects and 21 sectors have benefited from this scheme,” stressed the premier.

He therefore urged Rwandans to help promote the conservation of gorillas and tourism at large.

The Head of Rwanda Tourism and Conservation at Rwanda Development Board, Rica Rwigamba applauded the government for passing the tourism conservation policy in April which has increased the number of tourists coming to the country, leading to development.

She therefore stressed that the tourism industry in Rwanda is growing as each year the number of tourists increases.

“Last year we received 1 million tourists which is close to 10 percent of the total population of the country,” noted Rica.

Rwigamba called for the conservation and protection of mountain gorillas.

The gorilla-naming ceremony was inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of giving names to baby gorillas soon after its birth.

The Kwita Izina which was started 9 years ago has seen 161 gorillas named in a rare case of preserving nature and honouring communities that protect them.

The 4-day event included visiting of tourist attractions like Nyabarongo river, Musanze caves, the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera before culminating into the Kwita Izina ceremony.

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