Lion Park

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A South African cheetah in Lion Park.

Lion & Safari Park is a 600 hectare (ca. 1,500 acre) wildlife conservation enclosure in Gauteng province in South Africa for lions.

The Lion & Safari Park is situated near Lanseria Airport within distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The park has a large variety of predators and large herbivores indigenous to Africa.

The Lion & Safari Park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as South African cheetah, Cape wild dog, hyena and spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.

The antelope area, containing blesbok, gnu, impala, gemsbok, and zebra, is in a separate part away from the lions and other carnivores.


On June 1, 2015, Katherine Chappell was visiting the park when a lion lunged through the window of her vehicle, which she had opened to lean out and take photographs, against park rules, and bit her on the neck. Chappell died in Lion Park of her wounds before the paramedics arrived.[1][2] Chappell was visiting South Africa to work on the conservation of wildlife,[3] and was raising funds for Wildlife ACT, a conservation charity.[4]


  1. ^ "Game of Thrones editor Katherine Chappell mauled to death at Lion Park pictured - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. London. 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Variety Staff. "'Game of Thrones' editor killed by lion in South Africa".
  3. ^ Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (3 June 2015). "Katherine Chappell: American woman killed by lion worked for Game of Thrones and wanted to 'protect wildlife'". London: The Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ Snowdon, Kathryn (3 June 2015). "Game Of Thrones Editor, Katherine Chappell, Mauled To Death By A Lion At South African Safari Park". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2015.

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Coordinates: 25°59′53″S 27°55′49″E / 25.99806°S 27.93028°E / -25.99806; 27.93028