Safari Park to Visitors: Stop Wearing Animal Prints

And not because it's tacky; animals are getting confused, hungry
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 12:02 AM CDT
Safari Park to Visitors: Stop Wearing Animal Prints
Visitors who arrive wearing animal prints will be offered coveralls to wear.   (AP Photo/HomeGoods.com)

(Newser) – A British safari park has hired "animal print bouncers" to look out for guests wearing clothes that could confuse or scare the animals, the Guardian reports. The park has opened a new off-road attraction and animals are becoming alarmed "when they see what looks like zebras and giraffes driving across the terrain," a spokeswoman says. Some animals have run away from visitors in terror while others have tried to communicate with them, says the park, which has banned clothes resembling the skin of giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, or tigers.

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"Certain colorations give warning signals to other animals," an animal behavior expert explains. "Movement is also a key trigger. Big cats will start getting interested if someone limps past their enclosure because they look weak. Possibly the worst thing you could do is limp past the lion or tiger enclosure in a zebra print outfit." (Read more safari stories.)

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