South Africa 4.6.2015 12:00 pm

Lion Park considering shock tactics

Katherine Chappell, who was killed by a lion at the Lion Park in Johannesburg on 1 June 2015, posted this picture of herself with an Emmy Award for work done on Game of Thrones to her Instagram account 10 months ago.

Katherine Chappell, who was killed by a lion at the Lion Park in Johannesburg on 1 June 2015, posted this picture of herself with an Emmy Award for work done on Game of Thrones to her Instagram account 10 months ago.

The Lion park in Johannesburg is considering shock tactics as one possible measure to warn visitors of the dangers inherent in the park.

Members and employees at Lion Park, situated outside of Johannesburg, have been conducted a series of meetings to address the problem of people not obeying crucial rules when visiting the venue.

This may include a “shock tactic”, warning visitors of previous incidents at the park, according to its spokesperson Scott Simpson.

The initiative comes after an American tourist was killed by a 9 year old white lioness on Monday, when she had reportedly been taking pictures during a private tour.

Her identity was revealed by international media yesterday. Katherine Chappell, 29, had also reportedly worked as a film editor on the award winning show Game of Thrones.

An Australian man had recently been bitten on the leg by a lion after he had his window down at the park. He survived the incident.

One of the options being discussed was to have a signage indicating that such incidents have occurred, and further stating: “don’t let this happen to you”. “I certainly don’t think the signage is a problem. I don’t think there is a lack of signage. People are just not obeying the rules,” Simpson said.

He added that members were further looking at other alternate solutions and would in the next few days make the public aware of this.

“We will carry on taking about it for now.”

The options of completely stopping the option to use one’s own car to visit the lions is also being looked at.

Meanwhile, the camera belonging to Chappell has been picked up from the park by the US Consulate.

Kalabash Tours, the company which drove American tourist Katherine Chappell to the Lion Park where she met her untimely death, have moved to set the record straight on the incident.

In a statement first wished to “express its shock and deepest sympathies” her family and friends.

Tour owner Pierre Potgieter, 66, was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident, his wife Corlien said.

He too was injured in the incident after trying to assist Chappell when a lioness attacked her through her open window, according to her statement.

“Mr Potgieter suffered a heart attack during the incident as well as serious injuries to his arm, which he sustained while trying to fend off the lion(ess).”

While Potgieter was traumatised, still in high care and unable to give a detailed account of the incident, as far as it could be established upon entering the lion enclosures, the vehicle’s windows were closed, she said.

 

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