Chessington World of Adventures Resort, a zoo located 17 miles southwest of London, is banning visitors from wearing animal-print clothing.
The zoo says that it is banning animal-print clothing because it can confuse some of its animals. The zoo claims that the animal prints can cause reactions in its rhino and giraffes and that it can confuse lions and tigers as well. The banned prints include: zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena, and African wild dog. Visitors who do wear animal prints will be supplied with Chessington clothing if they chose to go on the zoo’s Zufari, which is an off-road safari attraction that the zoo started doing in March, reports ABC News.
“It’s possible the animals could misinterpret the clothing if they are looking out for signs of danger,” Martin Stevens, a senior researcher at the University of Exeter, told BBC News. ”However, animals will process a whole bunch of information, including smell and how it’s moving, to deduce whether it’s a threat.”