Today we look back at the June 16th Kwita Izina Ceremony in which AoC sponsored Moise “Habibu” Habineza was given the honor of naming a gorilla. On this day, 19 mountain gorilla infants that were born in the wild since June 2011 were given Kinyarwandan names.
Habibu proceeds to the stage to name a baby gorilla at Rwanda’s Annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony.
Turiho, an adult female and member of the Agashya group, had a baby on 7 August 2011. Habibu named this female baby, Iwacu – meaning ‘at home’.
Not only will this day remain unforgettable for Habibu and his family, the day also represents hope for the survival of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Musician Kidum and his band mates performed on stage to a crowd of adoring fans during the naming ceremony. As if the day could not get any better for a teenage boy, Habibu spoke with Kidum during lunch.
What a remarkable experience for Habibu! Thank you Volcanoes National Park and RDB for bestowing this honor upon him!
Art of Conservation joins Animal World USA-International in its 3rd Africa Weeks for the Animals. Throughout this celebration, we will be featuring an inside look at our conservation and health lessons taught in Rwanda by the AoC team focusing on the protection of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Mountain gorilla habitat consists of two small areas in Africa- The Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With only approximately 786 mountain gorillas left in the world, I hope you will agree that intense effort must continue to be made for this species survival. AoC’s role in gorilla protection involves working with rural communities which surround gorilla habitat. Please click here for more on AWUSA-International Africa Weeks.
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