Lioness mauls woman to death at 'lion whisperers' wildlife sanctuary

Lioness mauls woman to death at 'lion whisperers' wildlife sanctuary

A lioness attacked a woman at Dinokeng Game Reserve (Stock image)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A lioness mauled a 22-year-old woman to death at a South African wildlife sanctuary earlier this week.

The woman who died has not been named, but it is claimed she was with a friend at the time of the incident, which took place near her vehicle.

Paramedics were called to the park and they confirmed the woman had died, according to CNN.

The Dinokeng Game Reserve is run by Kevin Richardson, better known as the lion whisperer.

A statement was given on the man's Instagram profile which claimed the lioness was chasing after an impala at the time of the attack.

Richardson said he was out in the park when the attack took place as he was taking three lions on their regular exercise regime with another colleague.

He said they followed procedure by sending out a "notification" that they were out in the park.

The statement said the victim wasn't a guest, but her friend was at the park to interview the manager for an assignment. They are said to have been taking photos before the lioness approached.

The post also said: "Our condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her family at this very difficult time."​

Lions are usually rotated between roaming enclosures, according to the Dinokeng Game Reserve website, which it claims gives the animals the chance to "live out full lives, in an open and natural environment."

The reserve also has leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos.