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 22-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was visiting a camp at the popular Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Pretoria, when she was attacked close to her vehicle. According to a statement posted to Richardson’s Instagram account;
“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,” said Richardson in his statement.
“We assessed the landscape for other big five 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 to 2.5 kilometers (1.2 to 1.5 miles), where she encountered the 22-year-old outside the car.”
“I am devastated and my heart goes out to this young woman’s family,” said Richardson.