Rwandan President Paul Kagame has appealed the citizens to continue protecting mountain gorillas and their habitats for the benefit of the country.
Kagame made the call yesterday while presiding over the 13th Kwita Izina ceremony in Kinigi at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains.
“We have to do our best to protect our gorillas’ habitat like all other animals in the wildlife across the country. We all know the revenues we get from enhancing our conservation efforts,” he said.
The President also revealed that Rwanda as a country will keep investing even more efforts in protecting and preserving the rich and diverse biodiversity of their country .
“The revenues we get from enhancing our conservation efforts are impressive and above all, helping our communities through revenue sharing by building schools, hospitals and many others.”
Currently, tourism contributes 30 percent of Rwanda’s exports and 3 percent of the country’s total GDP.
The number of people visiting Volcanoes National Park alone has more than doubled since 2010-2016 from 16,000 to 32,000.
The President ended his address with a short story showing how he also respects Gorillas even if his the President of the county.
“14 years ago I went to visit the gorillas with senor guests. As we were there, a baby gorilla got scared and screamed attracting the attention is the mothers in a few seconds the mother came charging at us. The guide told us to get down and show submissiveness”
“As we were down the guest whispered at me ‘can’t you tell these gorillas that you’re the president? After a few minutes the gorillas went away safely with their babies.”