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Meet The New Arrivals

At this year’s virtual Kwita Izina ceremony, 24 baby gorillas that call Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park home were named by special guests, conservation partners and many more.

Africa's Son | Isimbi Family

Ingeri – 'Superior herd'

This male baby gorilla was born on 3 January 2021 to Africa from the Isimbi family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and was named by Paris Saint-Germain first team players Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The name was inspired by Rwanda’s cattle rearing culture and symbolises the uniqueness and superiority of the mountain gorilla primate species.

View a photo of Ingeri here

Ejoheza's Son | Isimbi Family

Ingabire – 'Gift'

This male baby gorilla was born on 6 January 2021 to Ejoheza from the Isimbi family of mountain gorillas and was named by Jes Gruner, Regional Operations Manager at African Parks Network. This name was chosen to symbolise the growing mountain gorilla population as a gift to Rwanda.

View a photo of Ingabire here

Ijambo's Son | Igisha Family

Umusingi – ‘Foundation’

This male baby gorilla was born on 11 December 2020 to Ijambo from the igisha family of mountain gorillas and was named by Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors. The name was chosen to showcase that mountain gorilla conservation is at the heart of Rwanda’s tourism industry and contributes significantly to the country’s economic development.

View a photo of Umusingi here

Ikaze's Daughter | Musilikale Family

Mpanuro – ‘Guidance’

This female baby gorilla was born on 6 February 2021 to Ikaze from the Musilikale family of mountain gorillas and was named by Ms. Jeanne d’Arc Uwamahoro, a youth volunteer and Ms. Alphonsine Niwemugeni, a community health worker. The name Mpanuro was given as an appreciation of the continuous efforts of Rwanda’s youth volunteers and community health workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

View a photo of Mpanuro here

Impano's Son | Igisha Family

Byiruka – ‘Flourish’

This male baby gorilla was born on 8 January 2021 to Impano from the Igisha family of mountain gorillas and was named by Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX, the Worldwide Exhibitions for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events. The name was chosen to wish growth and health to the new infant and the Igisha family.

View a photo of Byiruka here

Inkubito's Son | Muhoza Family

Kundumurimo – ‘Devoted’

This male baby gorilla was born on 7 January 2021 to Inkubito from the Muhoza family of mountain gorillas and was named by Clementine Uwamahoro, Conservation Technology Officer at Akagera National Park. This name recognises Rwanda’s future generations as the custodians of biodiversity conservation.

View a photo of Kundumurimo here

Ishema's Son | Pablo Family

Rudacogora – ‘Resilient’

This male baby gorilla was born on 12 July 2021 to Ishema from the Pablo family of mountain gorillas and was named by Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner, NBA. The name embodies the resilience, determination and commitment of the Rwandan people.

View a photo of Rudacogora here

Kubana's Daughter | Kureba Family

Mubyeyi – ‘Mother’

This female baby gorilla was born on 23 December 2020 to Kubana from the Kureba family of mountain gorillas and was named by Dr. Senait Fisseha, Director of Global Programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. The name was chosen to honour the efforts of mothers in raising their offspring.The survival of gorilla infants largely depends on their mothers. View a photo of Mubyeyi here.

View a photo of Mubyeyi here

Kurudi's Daughter | Titus Family

Nshunguye – ‘Rescuer’

This female baby gorilla was born on 18 April 2021 to Kurudi from the Titus family of mountain gorillas and was named by Dr. Deborah Dunham, Chairperson Gorilla Doctors. Before she was born, Kurudi was the only female belonging to the Titus family and the name Nshunguye was chosen to symbolise the addition of another female gorilla to the growing family.

View a photo of Nshunguye here

Magayane's Son | Hirwa Family

Mugwire – ‘Reproduce’

This male baby gorilla was born on 27 June 2021 to Magayene from the Hirwa family of mountain gorillas and was named by Antony Lynam, Representative of International Congress on Conservation Biology. The name serves to celebrate the growing mountain gorilla population and promote a conducive environment for them to thrive.

View a photo of Mugwire here

Munezero's Son | Agashya Family

Rinda – ‘Preserve’

This male baby gorilla was born on 14 June 2021 to Munezero from the Agashya family of mountain gorillas and was named by retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player Luol Deng. The name was chosen to embody the resolve and motivation of the heroes of gorilla protection, specifically rangers and local communities, who never grow weary of their work protecting Rwanda’s wildlife – a prerequisite for the constant increase in the gorilla population.

View a photo of Rinda here

Nchili's Daughter | Kwitonda Family

Sangwa – ‘Welcome’

This female baby gorilla was born on 29 August 2020 to Nchili from the Kwitonda family of mountain gorillas and was named by Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (Mr. Eazi). The name was chosen to show that Sangwa was a great addition not only to the Kwitonda family but Rwanda’s growing mountain population as a whole.

View a photo of Sangwa here

Ndimubanzi's Daughter | Kwitonda Family

Urusobe – ‘Diversity’

This female baby gorilla was born on 4 August 2020 to Ndimubanzi from the Kwitonda family of mountain gorillas and was named by fine-art photographer, David Yarrow. The name was chosen to recognise Rwanda’s rich biodiversity.

View a photo of Urusobe here

Nezerwa's Daughter | Amahoro Family

Iribagiza – ‘Pretty’

This female baby gorilla was born on 18 June 2021 to Nezerwa from the Amahoro family of mountain gorillas and was named by Environmentalist and Photographer, Yann Arthus Bertrand. The name was chosen as a celebration of Rwanda’s beauty that has been amplified by the successful conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas which has positioned the country as a world-class tourism destination.

View a photo of Iribagiza here

Nzeli's Son | Kureba Family

Kabeho – ‘Long live’

This male baby gorilla was born on 13 November 2020 to Nzeli from the Kureba family of mountain gorillas and was named by Rwandan Singer and Songwriter, Bruce Itahiwacu aka Bruce Melodie. The name was chosen by the Rwandan public to bestow wishes for a long and healthy life for the mountain gorillas and show the important role each individual plays towards the ongoing success of their conservation story.

View a photo of Kabeho here

Okapi's Daughter | Kwitonda Family

Igicumbi – ‘Habitat’

This female baby gorilla was born on 1January 2021 to Okapi from the Kwitonda family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and was named by Dr. Max Graham, Founder and CEO of Space for Giants. This name highlights the uniqueness of the Virunga massif, which remains the last refuge mountain gorillas call their habitat, as well as being the first African national park created in 1925 to protect the magnificent species.

View a photo of Igicumbi here

Rugira's Son | Musilikale Family

Mudasumbwa – ‘Outstanding’

This male baby gorilla was born on 30 July 2020 to Rugira from the Musilikale family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and was named by Paris Saint-Germain first team player Sergio Ramos. This name reflects how mountain gorillas are a dominant and respected species in the wild.

View a photo of Mudasumbwa here

Tegereza's Son | Ntambara Family

Twirinde – ‘Protection’

This male baby gorilla was born on 24 December 2020 to Tegereza from the Ntambara family of mountain gorillas and was named by Professor Beth Kaplin, Director of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda. The name symbolises the commitment of park staff in safeguarding the safety and hygiene of the mountain gorillas by protecting themselves, their families and the community around them.

View a photo of Twirinde here

Turiho's Son | Muhoza Family

Nshongore – ‘Elegant’

This male baby gorilla was born on 26 February 2021 to Turiho from the Muhoza family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and was named by Paris Saint-Germain first team players Angel di Maria and Marquinhos. The name was chosen to highlight the magnificent beauty of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

View a photo of Nshongore here

Umoja's Daughter | Hirwa Family

Iratuje – ‘Peaceful’

This female baby gorilla was born on 18 December 2020 to Umoja from the Hirwa family of mountain gorillas and was named by H.E Nicola Bellomo, European Union Ambassador to Rwanda. The name best describes the character of her mother Umoja, who moved from the Kwitonda to the Hirwa family and was able to integrate peacefully.

View a photo of Iratuje here

Umujyanama's Daughter | Pablo Family

Kura – ‘Rise’

This female baby gorilla was born on 9 February 2021 to Umujyanama from the Pablo family of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and was named by Arsenal first team player Bukayo Saka. The name was chosen to bestow wishes of health and strength to baby Kura which is the first born to its mother Umujyanama.

View a photo of Kura here

Ururabo's Son | Igisha Family

Inkomezi – ‘Inner strength’

This male baby gorilla was born on 6 July 2021 to Ururabo from the Igisha family of mountain gorillas and was named by Aristide Mugabe, the team captain of the Patriots Basketball Club. The name was chosen to showcase the strength of partnerships as a key to Rwanda’s conservation success.

View a photo of Amabwiriza here

Karema's Son | Sabyinyo Family

Zigama – ‘Saving’

This male baby gorilla was born on 25 January 2021 to Karema from the Sabyinyo family of mountain gorillas and was named by Reeta Roy, President, Mastercard Foundation. The name symbolizes the importance of promoting a savings culture as a way to sustain tourism benefits during uncertain times.

View a photo of Zigama here

Makuba's Daughter | Kuryama Family

Injishi – ‘Sacred tie’

This male baby gorilla was born on 30 July 2020 to Makuba from the Kuryama family of mountain gorillas and was named by Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility. The name symbolises the immeasurable value given to Rwanda’s mountain gorillas.

View a photo of Injishi here