The spokesman for Longleat Safari Park said that the visitors involved in the incident were believed to be a mother and her son and daughter who were aged around 12 or 13. Visitors said the lions were 150 metres from the people carrier when the incident happened and the car was left "burnt out".
The family remained in the smoking vehicle until the rangers arrived, and the car caught fire when they had left the area. Longleat staff said at no point were the mother and children waiting outside their vehicle.
Cars were cleared from the area following the fire to make way for the fire service, but the park was up and running again shortly after.
A mother has spoken of her horror as her car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire.
A family with two children had to abandon their car in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park yesterday after it caught fire.