Baby gorillas named -PHOTOS

Friday September 7 2018

Guests at the mountain gorilla naming ceremony,

Guests at the mountain gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG 

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Some 23 baby gorillas born last year were named on Friday during the famed Kwita Izina ceremony in Kinigi, Rwanda.

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Some of the namers of the baby mountain gorillas in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG

The line up of namers included entertainment celebrities, Rwandan and international conservationists, sports personalities, renowned philanthropists and diplomats.

The naming of a mountain gorilla in Kinigi, at

The naming of a mountain gorilla in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG

Kwita Izina, now in its 14th edition, has become one of the country’s leading tourism attraction in addition to gorilla trekking.

Crowds at the Kwita Izina ceremony in Kinigi,

Crowds at the Kwita Izina ceremony in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG

Kwita Izina

Dancers entertain guests at the mountain gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG

Dancers entertain guests at the mountain

Dancers entertain guests at the mountain gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG

Rwanda is credited for her conservation efforts that has seen the endangered mountain gorilla population rise from 480 in 2010 to about 700, in the Virunga Massif, that straddles Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Dancers entertain guests at the mountain

Dancers entertain guests at the mountain gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, in Kinigi, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park on September 7, 2018. PHOTO | SUSAN MUUMBI | NMG