In a tweet on Sunday, the Department of Tourism celebrated World Wildlife Conservation Day, but some were confused by an image that included animals not native to South Africa.
The image included African elephants, rhinos, giraffes, ostriches, and zebras.
It did, however, include an Asian elephant, a Javan Rusa deer, a tapir, and a tiger.
The tweet, which was sent at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, reads: “It’s #WildlifeConservationDay today! Our fauna and flora, which are an essential part of the South African tourism offering, continue to be one of our most valuable assets. Let us do our part by implementing sustainable tourism practices. #ResponsibleTraveller #SouthAfricaShare”
“My hat! @Tourism gov za seem to believe we have Asian elephant, Tapir, Tiger, and deer amongst our (South Africa’s) wonderful natural assets,” one user said.
“@SANParks please come this side, explain to @Tourism gov za that #ShareSouthAfrica is unlikely to include sharing tigers and tapirs, and perhaps we should market African elephants,” another tweeted.
Susan de Bruin, a tourism department spokesperson, told News24 that it was an international day “that focuses on fauna and flora around the world, hence the picture.”
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