Thursday, 26 September 2013

Too confusing for animals: Leopard print clothing banned at Chessington World of Adventures

Leopard print clothing has been banned at Chessington World of Adventures amid concerns it is confusing the theme park’s animals.

Animal print may be one of the hottest trends in the UK at the moment, but it has left rhinos and giraffes at the park’s new ZUFARI attraction in a muddle.

Bouncers have been employed to enforce the zero-tolerance ban at the park after staff noticed a number of the animals trying to communicate with visitors or running away scared.

Zebra, giraffe, leopard and African wild dog prints are among a number now banned at the zoo.

Chessington officials have put the confusion down to the new 22-acre ZUFARI trail being a near exact replica of the Serengeti plains, meaning print-wearing guests puzzle the animals.

‘Since the launch of ZUFARI, guests have interacted with the animals more closely than ever before and we have noticed a lot of animals becoming baffled by animal-print-wearing guests,’ explained ZUFARI spokeswoman Natalie Dilloway.

‘It’s no wonder the animals are getting confused when they see what they perceive to be zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain in a 7.5 tonne truck.’

Guests who wear animal print will be supplied with Chessington clothing when going on ZUFARI, which sees guests journey off-road to with animals including white rhinos, giraffes and flamingos.

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