The American tourist who was mauled to death by a lion on a South
African safari has been named as 29-year-old Katherine Chappell, a film
editor who worked on Game of Thrones, Marvel’s Captain America and the Divergence series.
The wildlife conservationist was in South Africa raising money for a
charitable organization that protects animals from poachers.
Daily Mail Online can now reveal
that Katherine Chappell traveled to South Africa a week ago via London
from Vancouver, Canada, where she
had been living and working as a
visual effects editor since 2013.
On the eve of the deadly lion attack, Chappell shared a photo of a
receipt from a Johannesburg hotspot called Six Cocktail Bar. Under
‘customer name’ the bar staff typed ‘American.’
Police were examining the last haunting photographs taken by Ms Chappell as evidence that she had ignored warnings to keep her windows closed as she toured the South African safari park.
Traumatized tourists who watched
as the nine-year-old lioness killed Chappell through an open window
have also handed over pictures of the fatal attack.Two families were
driving only feet away from the car carrying the victim when she was attacked….
They told police that Chappell was photographing the cat as it
approached her vehicle, which was being driven by a local tour guide,
Six adult witnesses, including two visitors from India, gave their own photographs of the attack and statements to police confirming that both front windows of the victim’s car were wide-open throughout her visit to the 20-acre enclosure, where she was attacked.
Scott Simpson, operations manager at the Lion Park told MailOnline,
|The car she was driving in when mauled|
‘The dead lady’s camera was taken by police as evidence, as she was
photographing the lioness through an open window up until the moment the
lion attacked the vehicle.
‘According to eye witnesses, the lion was walking near the vehicle and the visitor was taking pictures through an open window. ‘Witnesses say that both front windows were down the whole time they were in the enclosure. The other lions in the area watched from a distance throughout.’