Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is on course preparing the 15th annual Kwita Izina naming ceremony. A total of 25 new baby gorillas will be named in the event marking a series of great milestones in Rwanda’s conservation story due on September 6th, 2019 in Kinigi, Musanze, according to a statement.
Kwita Izina attracts international and local guests in a colorful ceremony where foreigners have a glimpse of Rwanda’s beauty and fruits of conservation efforts.
According to the most recent census results, the population of mountain gorillas stands at 1004 gorillas in the Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The 2016 census indicated that the number of gorillas keeps increasing in volcanoes where 604 gorillas from 41 families were reported up from 480 in 2010 translated to an increase by 26%.
Rwanda’s conservation efforts continue to yield fruits evidenced through increased tourism revenues.
In 2017, Virunga National Park recorded 35567 visitors and generated US$ 16.75 million
Rwanda targets to earn US $800 million in tourism revenues in 2024 from US $438 of 2017.
The Government of Rwanda allocated 10% of tourism revenues to development projects in communities surrounding parks through Revenue Sharing Scheme.
This initiative made possible the funding of 730 community-oriented projects worth US$6.1 million including schools, health centers, water reservoirs among other activities in 12 sectors from four districts in the neighborhood of Virunga National Park. These projects have created 1500 jobs.
Source: The New Times