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Chessington Theme Park Bans 'Scary' Animal Print
A safari park has banned visitors from wearing animal print clothing because keepers claim it is confusing the animals.
Chessington World of Adventures, near Epsom in south west London, has banned anything that resembles giraffe, lion, cheetah or tiger skin to prevent animals reacting to visitors in its new Zufari exhibit.
The exhibit, which opened earlier this year, allows people to experience a safari-like enclosure in off-road trucks and features animals including giraffes and white rhino.
But visitors have been confusing or even scaring the animals after wearing the print clothing.
Linda Berggren, an animal trainer at the park, told Sky News: "Although we put them through a two to three-month long desensitisation programme where we got them used to vehicles, people, different noises and of course different colours, we never really desensitised them to the fashion trends that are now getting really popular."
Ms Berggren said the ban on clothing also extends to large hats or headgear which might spook the animals during the safari ride.
Some of the animals had even tried to communicate with visitors after seeing the distinctive clothing, or ran away fearing they were about to be attacked by a predator, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Staff are issuing grey boiler suits to park goers whose clothing does not match the theme park's rules.