A British park offering wildlife safaris has banned visitors from wearing animal print clothing in case it frightens the animals.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort, which introduced a “Zufari” truck ride over a 22-acre Serengeti-style trail to see wild animals, noticed the wildlife ‘becoming puzzled’ when seeing visitors who looked the same as they did.
Zufari spokeswoman Natalie Dilloway told Britain’s Telegraph newspaper: “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.”
Banned prints include those mimicing zebra, tiger, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, spotted and striped hyena, and African wild dog.
Visitors who turn up at the Kingston-upon-Thames attraction in the offending prints are being given grey boilersuits to wear instead.