England Wildlife Resort Bans Animal Print Clothing

By Vishal Persaud
|  Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 12:45 AM EDT
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England Wildlife Resort Bans Animal Print Clothing

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A wildlife resort in England has banned animal print clothing from a wildlife park because it is confusing the animals, according to BBC News.

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A wildlife resort in England has banned animal print clothing from a wildlife park because it is confusing the animals, according to BBC News.

To enforce the rule, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, about 17 miles southwest of London, has hired bouncers to make sure visitors aren't wearing the clothing.

A lot of the animals were "becoming baffled" by what appeared to be zebras and giraffes in their terrain.

But other zoos in the area including the London Zoo, Longleat Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo said that animal print was not banned.

The banned animal prints include zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena and African wild dog, according to BBC News. The ban comes after the wildlife park launched its African experience Zufari, in which visitors take an off-road safari on a 22-acre trail modeled after the Serengeti plains. 

"It's possible the animals could misinterpret the clothing if they are looking out for signs of danger," Marc Stevens, a senior research fellow at the University of Exeter who is an expert in animal coloration and behavior told BBC News. 
 

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