Lion mauls woman to death at popular South African wildlife sanctuary


A young woman was mauled to death Tuesday by a lion during a visit to a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa run by Kevin Richardson, the so-called “lion whisperer.”

The unnamed victim had been visiting a friend at a campsite also owned by Mr Richardson. She had been working on a project and was reportedly taking photographs outside the camp when the attack occurred.
According to a statement posted to Richardson’s Instagram account, the lioness was pursing an impala at the “big 5” reserve, which is also home to leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, when it encountered the woman and her friend.
The victim was confirmed dead by paramedics at the scene,who responded to the incident.Mr Richardson said he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the death of the woman.
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Richardson took to his instagram page  to show his condolence.
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the death of a 22-year old woman at our tented camp in The Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve. Our condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her family at this very difficult time. Kevin Richardson commented: “Myself and an experienced colleague took three lions walking in the Reserve, as we do on a weekly basis, as part of their exercise and stimulation regiment. We assessed the landscape for other big 5 animals and as per procedure sent out a notification that we were walking in the reserve. One of the lionesses charged off after an Impala and must have run 2,0 to 2,5km where she encountered the 22 year old outside the car.” The young woman was not a guest at the camp, but had accompanied her friend to conduct an interview for an assignment with the camp’s manager. Before leaving the reserve, the two visitors were taking photographs outside the tented camp where the attack occurred. “I am devastated and my heart goes out to this young woman’s family.”
On social media, supporters of Richardson offered condolences to the victim while rallying to defend the sanctuary, which is located inside the larger reserve, for its conservation efforts.
Richardson’s intimate relationship with lions and other wildlife has been documented in several books and documentaries, earning him fame across the world.