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.
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.