Chessington World of Adventures’ Zoo has made the decision to ban guests from wearing animal-print clothing.
Bouncers have been brought in to enforce the rule, anyone caught wearing offending clothes will be forced to wear a grey boiler suit.
The decision comes after staff manning Zufari (a new ride at Chessington) noticed many animals running in fear of or approaching guests wearing animal print clothes.
ZUFARI spokeswoman, Natalie Dilloway, explained the decision: “ZUFARI lets visitors get so close to wild species that if someone wears the same pattern to the animal’s coat they can become over friendly.”
“If they wear the pattern of its predator, it has the opposite effect and the animals become afraid and run away.”
“Since the launch of ZUFARI, guests have interacted with the animals more closely than ever before.”
“We have noticed a lot of animals becoming baffled by animal-print-wearing guests.”
“The enclosures at ZUFARI have been designed to replicate the conditions species face in the wild.”
“Therefore it’s no wonder animals are getting confused when they see what looks like zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain in a 7.5 tonne truck.”