WINDHOEK: A total of 18 elephant carcasses have been found in the Caprivi Region since the beginning of this year.
The Director of Parks and Wildlife Management in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) Colgar Shikopo told Nampa in an interview yesterday that investigations on the discoveries are ongoing.
He would not confirm whether the carcasses were found with or without any tusks, describing it as a sensitive issue, only saying that case is with the Namibian Police.
Shikopo dismissed local media reports that 80 elephants have been killed so far this year.
Meanwhile, Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) Director Julian Fennessy told Nampa that the number of elephant carcasses found in the Caprivi Region is low compared to other African countries.
He dismissed reports that elephant poaching is on the rise in Namibia.
Bank Windhoek has donated N.dollars 15 000 to the Charity and Care Foundation in Katutura’s Greenwell Matongo residential area.
The funds will go towards the expansion of the centre, which was established in 2004 to prevent the dumping of babies and to care for children and under-aged mothers who are rejected by their families.
It also caters for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
In a media statement issued here yesterday, Bank Windhoek Communications’ Practitioner Toivo Mvula said the funds were generated through the Bank Windhoek Golf Day in Aid Welfare held last month at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino.
The funds will be used to buy corrugated iron sheets, which will be used to build a classroom and bedroom for OVCs staying and learning at this centre.