A zookeeper, identified as 33-year-old Rosa King has died after a tiger entered an enclosure at a wildlife park in Cambridgeshire, England.
The death happened at Hamerton Zoo Park, near Huntingdon, at about 11:15 BST on Monday.
Friend Garry Chisholm, a wildlife photographer in his spare time, said she was the “focal point” and “shining light” of the wildlife park.
The zoo said it was a freak accident, and police said it was not suspicious.
Mr Chisholm, 59, of Irchester, Northamptonshire, said the wildlife park revolved around the zoo-keeper.
“Rosa wasn’t just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo – she was Hamerton Zoo,” he said.
“She was the absolute central point of it, the focal point of it. She was the shining light of it.