Rwanda has unveiled a list of prominent persons from across the globe that will name gorillas at this year’s Kwita Izina ceremony, scheduled to take place on September 2, including Prince Charles, the Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Kwita Izina is a Rwandan gorilla naming ceremony held once every year,
The event is modeled off a centuries old tradition in which Rwandans name their children in the presence of family and friends.
The organizers also use the ceremony as an opportunity to thank the communities that live around Volcanoes National Park, research partners, veterinarians and conservationists, rangers and trackers who protect the gorillas.
354 mountain gorillas have been named over the last 17 years.
Other people who will name gorillas include the CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Kaddu Sebunya, Rwandan International Football Referee Salma Rhadia Mukansanga, Kenyan music band Sauti Sol, former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva, Professional racer and Formula One presenter Naomi Schiff, Frank Luntz, Itzhak Fisher, among others.
According to AWF, only about 1,000 of these great apes remain in the wild.