Today is Kwita Izina, the annual Rwandan ceremony for naming new baby mountain gorillas. Last year my husband and I got one of the many free invitations to the event and I recorded our experiences. This was my first time producing an audio story where I was part of the story, a la This American Life. I learned a lot in making this piece and hope to create more in the future. What do you think?

(*Not real gorillas. Listen to the story or see the pictures for details.)

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01-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

02-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

03-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

05-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

06-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

07-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

08-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

10-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

11-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl

12-Kwita Izina baby gorilla naming celebration in Kiniga, Rwanda, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. By Rwanda photographer Laura Elizabeth Pohl