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Gorilla naming ceremony gives us Cibulula

One of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park’s gorilla families, which for a long time went by the name of “Nouvelle Famille” (New Family), finally received its official name on 27 September 2011, as part of South Kivu’s International Tourism Day celebration, attended by the Kahuzi-Biega NP team, provincial authorities, various Nature Clubs (youth-based conservation groups) and other interested parties.

Silverback in KBNP's high altitude sector

The family’s chosen name, Cibulula, which is also the name given to the dominant silverback, means “he who looks and finds in peace”.  The name was chosen by the gathered assembly above a number of other suggestions made by the Kahuzi-Biega NP team.  In order to facilitate the decision, the Nature Club members gave life to the various suggestions through small sketches and poems. The Provincial Minister then had the honour of officially naming the family.

A sketch by a Club Nature

The Kahuzi-Biega National Park thanks you in advance for your support in helping us protect the Cibulula family. We will continue to monitor the them daily and also hope to eventually habituate the  family for tourism visits.