Zoo bans guests from wearing animal print

2013-09-26 12:21

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London - A wildlife park in Surrey, England has banned visitors from wearing animal print clothing, as it may confuse the animals. 

BBC reports that Chessington World of Adventures Resort has even hired bouncers to make sure visitors are following the new rule, as Natalie Dilloway, a spokesperson for the park, said animals were becoming baffled by what appeared to be zebras and giraffes in their territory. 

Chessington's ban follows the launch of the park's African experience Zufari, which allows guests to take an off-road "safari".

The 8ha trail is modelled on the Serengeti plains, enabling guests to interact more closely with the animals.

Keepers said animal prints could cause the animals to try to communicate with those wearing them, or to run away in fear. Banned prints include zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena and African wild dog. 

Anyone seen wearing animal print is being supplied with a grey boilers suit by the security staff.

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