Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis, Wilderness Foundation Global and Stenden University South Africa, had the great honour of being a Gorilla Namer at this year’s Kwita Izina in Rwanda.
The annual Gorilla naming ceremony, which is organised by the Rwanda Development Board (RBD) and is popularly known as Kwita Izina, was held on Friday, September 7th, 2018 in Kinigi Sector, Musanze District.
This is the biggest event on the country's tourism calendar, and 23 baby gorillas were named for this year's event. Namers include Rwandan and international conservationists, sports personalities, renowned philanthropists and diplomats.
The list revealed by RDB, included former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique, Graca Machel, American-Senegalese singer, songwriter and businessman, Akon and former Arsenal and Cameroonian football star, Laureano Bisan Etamé-Mayer and Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis.
Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, was introduced in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorilla.