Deadly lion attack victim identified

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Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 9:10 AM EDT

A sister of the American woman mauled to death by a lion in South Africa identified the victim as Katherine Chappell, reports CBS News correspondent Debora Patta.

In a tragic irony, the 29-year-old was in South Africa to raise money for organizations working against poaching.

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Katherine Chappell.

In her native New York, Chappell was a visual effects editor, whose credits include the "Captain America" movies and the "Game of Thrones" series, for which she won an Emmy in 2014.

But when she visited the popular Lion Park, it was no fantasy movie, but a real life horror story.

"I think, for the internationals, they do sometimes come here with the idea that it is a bit of Disney World thing, where these are tame lions. And I think that is a problem. I think it does need to be stressed that these are still wild animals even if they were born in captivity," Lion Park Assistant Operations Manager Scott Simpson said.

The warnings are everywhere in the park: Keep windows closed at all times. But they seem to have been ignored by Chappell and her guide as they drove through and were approached by a white lioness.

The driver of the vehicle gave an interview to Britain's Daily Mail, saying he tried to save the woman but suffered a heart attack during the incident.

Despite a prompt response from emergency crews, Chappell died as a result of her injuries.

In a statement, Chapell's family said, "Katie was a brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman. Her energy and passion could not be contained by mere continents or oceans."