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Kwita Izina: Celebrating Mountain Gorilla Births

Mountain gorilla infant and mother in Rwanda. Photo by: Craig R. Sholley

Although some had to wait longer than others, all of the gorilla babies of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda now have a name.

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, Northern Rwanda, the births of 12 baby gorillas and one newly formed family were formally celebrated in the annual naming ceremony known as Kwita Izina.  This year, the event brought in over 5,000 people from the Musanze District of Rwanda, where the ceremony was held, and over 460 international visitors and was themed, “Celebrating Nature, Empowering Communities.”

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