Overview about the gorillas

Gorillas are the world’s most endangered apes and are only found in 10 countries within Western, Central and Eastern Africa with the mountain gorillas only found in East Africa in the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are approximately 50,000 gorillas left in the African wild and about 820 are Mountain Gorillas only.

Gorilla’s naming Cerimony (Kwita Izna)

This is a Rwandan ceremony of giving names to newly born baby gorillas. These Gorillas are named after the ancestral baby naming ceremony that happened after the birth of a newborn in African tradition life. The naming ceremony has been part of the Rwandan tradition for centuries and so still continues. The name Kwita Izna was unveiled in April 2007 as the new brand name for the Gorilla naming Ceremony. It just means naming a new born gorilla in the family.

Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla graueri).

These have the biggest population of the gorillas’ species with approximately 2500 individuals. They are common in the Western lowland areas of West and Central Africa in the heavy rain forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola and some in DRC (Kahuzi Biega National Park).

The mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla Beringei)

These are only found in the Virunga Conservation Area which comprises of three National Parks that is Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. The only other location where mountain gorillas exist is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.