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Update: Woman killed by lion at ‘lion whisperer’ facility

Kevin Richardson with one of the lions at his sanctuary

Kevin Richardson with one of the lions at his sanctuary © Kevin Richardson/Facebook

In a recent News Desk article, it was reported that a woman visiting Kevin Richardson’s Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday was mauled to death by a lion.

Since then, Kevin Richardson has released a statement on his Facebook page providing an account of what happened:

“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 camp where the attack occurred.

‘I am devastated and my heart goes out to this young woman’s family.’”



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