24 mountain gorilla babies born in last year

Umugwaneza is one of 24 mountain gorillas born in the past year. Photo courtesy of the Rwanda Development Board.
Umugwaneza is one of 24 mountain gorillas born in the past year. Photo courtesy of the Rwanda Development Board.

This month, Rwanda celebrated its eleventh Kwita Izina — an annual ceremony in which mountain gorillas born in the previous year receive names. The ceremony brings international attention to the endangered gorillas of the Virunga Mountains.

Twenty-four babies received names in this year’s ceremony. You can see the full list with photos of each baby at the official Kwita Izina website.

Income from mountain gorilla tourism is used for conservation and to improve local infrastructure. According to East African Business Week, “Since 2005, $1.83 million has been distributed through the tourism revenue sharing program. As a result 57 primary schools in 13 districts have been built serving an estimated 13,700 students. This year a public library … was launched in Kinigi.”

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