Hamerton Zoo set to reopen following death of keeper Rosa King

PUBLISHED: 09:11 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 June 2017

Hamerton Zoo.                              Picture: GOOGLE

Hamerton Zoo. Picture: GOOGLE


Officials at Hamerton Zoo Park have announced that the venue will be reopening to the public on Friday.

In an announcement posted on Twitter, staff at the zoo confirmed this morning (Tuesday) that, following an inspection by environmental health officers at Huntingdonshire District Council, the park had been cleared to reopen.

The zoo closed on May 29 after keeper Rosa King, 33, was mauled to death by a tiger, which entered the enclosure in which she was working.

A joint Cambridgeshire police and district council investigation was launched into the incident, which has now concluded.

An inquest into the death of Ms King was opened and adjourned at Lawrence Court, in Huntingdon, last Wednesday (June 7), with senior coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, David Heming, recording the 33-year-old’s cause of death as ‘traumatic injuries’.

Mr Heming said: “There is an ongoing investigation as to the circumstances as to how the tiger came into direct contact with Rosa. These investigations will take some time to complete. Given this is a work place incident, this will necessitate a jury inquest.”

Mr Heming confirmed that a post mortem examination was conducted by Dr Martin Goddard.

The hearing was adjourned and is scheduled to re-open again on November 23 for a pre-inquest review.

Ms King, from Hamerton, was described by her parents, Andrea and Peter King, as a “dedicated professional”.

Hamerton Zoo confirmed last week that the tiger involved in the incident would not be put down.

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