The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has invited Judith Heard in the capacity of Miss Environment Africa, to officiate the 18th edition of Kwita Izina, the annual state Gorilla Naming ceremony on Friday, September 2, 2022, at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi in Musanze District.
The multi-award-winning tourism enthusiast is channeling her celebrity focus to advocacy for the conservation of animal species, case in point Gorillas across East Africa. With diverse partners, she curates and documents magnificent travel destinations.
During these numerous ecological and environmental initiatives in Rwanda this weekend, Judith Heard will be joined by other distinguished individuals from all over the world, including state representatives, environmental leaders, educators, public health advocates, artistes, and sports figures.
Kwita Izina aims to celebrate the country’s dedication to responsible and sustainable tourism by uniting research partners, vets, conservationists, rangers, and trackers who preserve the gorillas.
Kwita Izina is a centuries-old Rwandan tradition of giving a name to a newborn baby. Rwanda celebrates new births of the rare mountain gorillas through naming.
As a result of the naming ceremony, Rwandans from all walks of life understand the intrinsic value of gorillas as well as their contribution to the country’s economic prosperity. Rwandans have become gorilla guardians.
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