As part of this year's Kwita Izina, Visit Rwanda has teamed up with National Geographic to give everyone in the world the chance to name a baby mountain gorilla! You can help chose the name for a baby gorilla from the Kwitonda family by voting on Nat Geo's social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Fifteen years on, the Kwita Izina tradition continues—and you can help choose the name of one of this year’s babies! You've got 72 hours to cast your vote and name one of Rwanda's new baby mountain gorillas. You can choose Intego or Imyato.
Intego means "Purpose" because her life holds purpose in Rwanda's effort to save endangered species.
Imyato means "Achievement," paying tribute to those who have helped Rwanda thrive through conservation initiatives.
Inspired by the Rwandan tradition of holding a naming ceremony for babies after their birth, Kwita Izina – or ‘to give a name’ in the national language, Kinyarwanda – is an event like no other on Earth, yet steeped in cultural meaning and ancient custom.
Click here for more information about Rwanda's conservation success with this annual ceremony inspired by traditional culture.