Commend Zoo for Keeping its Animals’ Comfort a Priority

Chessington Park

Target: Natalie Dilloway, Chessington World of Adventures Resort ZUFARI Spokeswoman

Goal: Applaud the park for keeping its animals comfortable and safe

Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Britain has made sure to put its animals comfort as top priority. Park officials have asked that guests do not wear any animal print clothing; if a guest arrives at the park wearing animal print they are required to wear a garment that the park provides over their clothing. This new rule is strictly enforced: bouncers are on standby if need be. Park animals often confuse printed clothing for other animals, thus reacting in a natural manner, and with this ban animals at Chessington World of Adventures Resort may live stress free.

The zoo offers a ZUFARI ride that puts guests in very close proximity with African wildlife; the comfort of the animals is very important for guest and animal safety. The forbidden animal print clothing includes leopard, zebra, cheetah, giraffe, tiger, hyena and wild dog. Animal print has become a very popular fashion trend, and believe it or not African animals mistake the garments for a friend or foe. If a giraffe sees a person wearing giraffe print at the park, it is likely to get excited and become overtly friendly with the giraffe print-clad guest. Likewise, if a giraffe sees a tiger print garment, it will likely fear the guest and run away. According to the parks spokeswoman, Natalie Dilloway, this mistaken association was happening too often in the park, causing the animals to react negatively with the guests.

Requiring guests to leave their animal print clothing at home is in the best interest of animals and guests. No one wants to be mistaken for a small giraffe by a tiger or lion, for obvious reasons. Guests can now enjoy the animals at Chessington World of Adventures Resort without being cuddled, or mistaken for an afternoon snack. Applaud the resort for understanding and acting on the needs of its animals.


Dear Natalie Dilloway, Spokeswoman for the Chessington World of Adventures Resort,

The Chessington World of Adventures Resort recently banned guests from wearing animal print clothing due to its confusing capabilities. Many animals would try to get too close to animal print-clad guests, or run in fear if the print was that of a natural predator. This ban is an important step in ensuring that the animals at the resort are comfortable and not overly excited or threatened.

The ban came just in time for the grand opening of a new section of the park: ZUFARI. On this ride guests are in very close proximity with the safari animals; it is crucial that the animals do not scare guests and vice versa. The animal print ban should prove to be the healthiest option for the ride, and the resort as a whole.

Thank you for understanding the needs of the resort animals. Please pass on my thanks to those who are in charge of this ban at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.


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