Gorilla Fun Facts
World Gorilla Day! Kwita Izina
September 24 is Rwanda’s annual gorilla naming ceremony. A very exciting time for Fossey Fund staff and all devoted gorilla supporters because it’s a time to celebrate all the newest baby mountain gorillas born to the gorilla families of Virunga National Park. During the 2021 celebration, 24 babies were named, including several baby gorillas born into families that are protected and monitored by the Fossey Fund. Some of the names were chosen by our heroes—trackers, rangers, and frontline conservationists.
born Feb. 6, 2021. Name means “Guidance” and was chosen by Jeanne d’Arc Uwamahoro and Alphonsine Niwemugeni.
born Dec. 24, 2020. Name means “Protection” and a Christmas gift for the Ntambara’s family! Named by Professor Beth Kaplin.
born Feb. 9, 2021. Name means “Rise” and the newest member of Pablo’s family. Named by honored guest, Bukayo Saka.