AN investigation into the discovery of a Giraffe carcass in a tourist shop at Etosha national park’s Namutoni camp revealed that the meat was stored there legally.
According to the Namibia Wildlife Resorts Acting Managing Director Mathias Ngwangwama the meat was being stored in the freezer for the Anti-Poaching Unit officers in the park.
A video, filmed by a tourist, showed the giraffe carcass in the refrigerator of the tourist shop.
Ngwangwama maintained that the giraffe was not poached, nor was it illegally killed.
“Our investigation was able to conclude that there had been a misunderstanding on the part of the guest who filmed the video of the carcass. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the meat ended up being temporarily stored in refrigerator of the shop while the resort was waiting to create space at the freezers in the kitchen where meat is usually stored,” Ngwangwama said.
He further cautioned guests to the park to refrain from posting videos of such a nature on social media without confirmation, to avoid putting the country’s name into disrepute.