Animal Prints Banned at Zoo

To learn more about wild animals, you might want to visit Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park and zoo in Surrey, England. Just make sure you don’t look like them.

Apparently, dressing in giraffe print can be confusing or scary to a nearby giraffe. According to a Yahoo! Shine article, the zoo has banned visitors from wearing animal prints. “Zoo officials enacted the policy after employees noticed a behavioral change in animals following the opening of a reserve called Zufari: Ride Into Africa! The exhibit allows people to drive through a Serengeti-style reserve where animals roam freely.” According to spokesperson Natalie Dilloway, “animals are getting confused when they see what looks like zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain in a 7.5 ton truck.”

The Zoo employed bouncers to be on a lookout for people wearing animal print. But, don’t worry, you won’t be kicked out. Instead you’ll be given coveralls to wear during your stay. Not quite as stylish as the leopard print mini you wanted to wear, but you’ll be able to stay for lunch, rather than being lunch.

Yikes, I hope that Sanchez and Gina don’t think I’m a leopard at the piano!

Have you ever worn animal prints while visiting wild animals? If you were to visit a wild animal park in the future, would you consider thinking twice about what you wear? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.


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Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

Yep, makes sense. Especially not a good idea to be dressed as a prey animal around a predator. Very thoughtful of the zoo to provide coveralls.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Hmmm... Could a woman in a leopard print dress be taken for a real leopard?

Gina D.
G D4 years ago

I also think it is funny, a bit on the ironic though to go to a zoo wearing an animal print, and I personally detest animal prints, I was given skirts, never wore and eventually donated. I would be confused as much as the animals to see a person in animal print at a zoo. I have a possibly general conception that may be mistaken, that people that wear animal prints are not animal friendly. Reminds me of Disney 101 Dalmatians and Cruella De Vil, she liked dalmatians so she could make a coat.

Alexandra Gundelfingen
Alexandra G4 years ago

I don't even like wearing animal prints. It's not my style...

Dawn D.
Past Member 4 years ago

No Worries, about finding me in any animal prints...I think they look ridiculous but if animal prints are what floats your boat then go for them. Just don't wear the real ones because animals like to keep their coats for their own use. I suppose if this is a zoo you drive through and the animals can approach the on lookers then that's why they are saying please dress like humans not a pretend animal that may be a predator. I'm not for closing down the good zoos and the big free range zoos, last year when hubby and I went to the big plains zoo in Dubbo it was so marvelous to see the big African elephants so at peace with their life of peace with no worries about being shot for their magnificent tusks. Lots of room to move around and things for them to play and push around and swim. Okay it's not the freedom of Africa their home but if I was an elephant and was given the choice I think I'd choose a life semi freedom rather than being shot and mutilated by sadists who only see money signs in the face of a beautiful sentient elephant and blow them away with no qualms or remorse of any kind. So to all the good zoos I think they do wonderful work and try to get their animals into the most humane and natural surrounds possible. So back to animal prints if this particular zoo has this ruling just dress in something less like an animal on the loose. LOL!
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Kitiara Fey
Kitiara Richards4 years ago


Veronique L.
Veronique L4 years ago

Thank you!

Angela Ray
Angela Ray4 years ago