Leopard-print fashions may be all the rage, and zebra stripes may look zippy on humans. But a British wildlife zoo and theme park now forbids visitors from touring in such flashy apparel, claiming the clothing may upset its animal residents.
Could animal-print fashions make animals go wild?
Zookeepers at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort have introduced a zero-tolerance policy for animal-print attire on humans. In fact, wildlife park staffers insist visitors wearing animal prints must put on grey boiler suits over their outfits while touring.
Located about 12 miles south of London, the Chessington World of Adventures Resort recently opened Zufari: Ride into Africa, a 22-acre Serengheti-style safari exhibit, which takes zoo visitors on an off-road face-to-face tour with antelopes, flamingos, giraffes, rhinos, waterbucks, and other wild animals. The animal-print clothing ban is aimed at preventing confusion, agitation, or even a dangerous curiosity among the wildlife inhabitants.
The zoo property has hired Animal Print Bouncers, on-the-job to hunt for errant blouses, coats, dresses, handbags, hats, jackets, jeans, leggings, neckties, pants, scarves, or other apparel items.
Banned animal prints at Chessington World of Adventures Resort include cheetah, giraffe, hyena, leopard, tiger, zebra, and African wild dog.
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