Rwanda Preps for Gorilla Naming Ceremony


viagra geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>On July 1, pharmacy names will be given to 16 babies mountain gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park. The theme for this year is ‘Conserving – Empowering – Growing’.

Discussing the choice for the theme, the Head of Tourism and Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Amb. Yamina Karitanyi recently said this year’s Kwita Izina will be a moment to reflect and celebrate the efforts of all those that have contributed to the sustainable regional and national conservation of the mountain gorilla and other wildlife in general.

“This will be an opportunity to celebrate the registered 26 percent of Gorilla population growth in the years since the last census,” she added.

Rwanda has enthusiastically received thousands of international, regional and local visitors to its Virunga mountain ranges to visit the endangered mountain gorillas.

For decades, international conservation organizations, donors and concerned individuals have made substantial resources available to the gorilla conservation cause and continue to do so.

The remaining home range of the endangered mountain gorillas is limited to the Virunga Massif, a chain of volcanic mountains shared by Rwanda, DRC and Uganda.

Rwanda boasts two third of the Virunga Massif’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas.

Karitanyi said the remaining population of mountain gorillas has survived thanks to the enlightened leadership that has continuously promoted enhanced national conservation practices and community ownership of projects around the Volcanoes National Park, along with the support from the international community.

She pointed out that despite turbulences in the region in the recent past, conservation partners have been active in the protection of these species and their habitat and that for several decades now, Rwanda has been at the forefront of gorilla conservation efforts.

“The government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has put conservation high on its national agenda, not only for the protection of mountain gorillas and other keystone species, but also their habitats and ecosystems that provide life support to us all.”

Notable achievement in Rwanda’s tourism sector are the recently recorded 26 percent growth in the population of gorillas since the last census in 2003, the introduction of new tourism products such as the Congo Nile Trail, the steady growth of tourism revenues with USD 293.6million in 2013.

Karitanyi said the safety and security of the Park and its surroundings remain key factors in this decade’s achievements in conserving, empowering and growing.

As usual, Chimpreports will give Kwita Izina a special coverage


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