Animal Print Clothing Banned At English Zoo After Animals 'Become Baffled' By Clothes Patterns

on September 24, 2013 5:57 PM EDT

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A zoo in Surrey, England, has asked guests not to wear animal print clothing, as it confuses the animals. Dress like these zebras and you'll be forced to wear a gray jumpsuit. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Visitors heading to the Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, England, must heed a new dress code: animal-print clothing is no longer allowed. Chessington zookeepers say that fake leopard, zebra and tiger stripe clothing have frightened the animals since the start of a new 22-acre Serengeti-style safari. According the Telegraph, the zoo has gone so far as to hire "Animal Print Bouncers to identify anyone wearing leggings, coats, tops, hats or dresses which flout the regulations."

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The zoo says that since the launch of ZUFARI (get it?), a tour in which animals come right up to visitors, some of the animals have gotten too cozy with visitors wearing garments with patterns similar to their own coats. Other animals have gotten nervous by humans dressed like predators.

"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," said zoo 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 [ton] truck."

ZUFARI features white rhinos, giraffes, flamingos and antelopes, among other animals. Clothing with print resembling zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena and African wild dog are all banned. Visitors wearing those prints will be given gray boiler suits to wear during the duration of ZUFARI, which, let's face it, is probably a better look than a spotted-hyena-striped blouse anyway.

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