The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) on Wednesday announced that the carcass in a widely circulating video, is not of a poached animal.
This comes after a tourist at one of NWR’s resorts filmed the unidentified carcass which was stored in a freezer at a tourist shop and circulated the clip amid growing speculations that the carcass was of a poached animal.
However, the tourism and hospitality giant together with Ministry of Environment and Tourism wardens, launched an immediate investigation into the carcass issue shortly after the video went viral.
Announcing the outcome of the probe, NWR’s acting managing director Matthias Ngwangwama dispelled fears that the resort was storing a poached carcass.
“The investigations concluded that the carcass did not come from a poached animal,” explained Ngwangwama.
“Our investigation was able to conclude that there was a misunderstanding between the guest who filmed the video of the carcass and the resort,” he added.
“The carcass was being stored in our freezers for the anti-poaching unit within the Etosha National Park.”
Ngwangwama noted that due to some unforeseen circumstances, the carcass ended up being temporarily stored in a storeroom in the shop while the resort was waiting to create space in the freezers in the kitchen, where they usually store meat.
“I would, therefore, like to caution our guests that in the future, they should first verify the information they gather or are told before sharing it on social media.”
Ngwangwama added: “I believe that through this, such misunderstandings can be handled better, which will avoid the company and country’s name being unnecessarily damaged in the process.”