Only gorillas can display hairy torso in this Dutch zoo

29th July 2009, Comments 1 comment

Hilvarenbeek safari park became the first zoo in the Netherlands to introduce dress code as complaints about half-naked visitors walking around increase.

Hilvarenbeek – The Beekse Bergen safari park in Hilvarenbeek became the first zoo in the Netherlands to introduce a dress code where all visitors have to be fully-clothed.

The zoo has posted notices saying:  "As of 1 August the only ones in the park allowed to display naked hairy torsos will be our four male gorillas."

According to AD, the motto for the campaign is "Only female gorillas are impressed by hairy chests".

Due to the warm weather, many male visitors have been walking around the park stripped to the waist. The safari park has since received a lot of complaints.

A spokesman for the zoo said that visitors who are semi-clothed will not be asked to leave or fined. Instead, they will be directed to the souvenir shop, where t-shirts are on sale.

The spokesman added the park has always had a policy of discouraging male visitors from walking around without at least a shirt or t-shirt as it is a family attraction. It is now merely enforcing the rule "in a light-hearted and friendly manner".

De Volkskrant reports the spokesman saying: "This is a safari park for families with small children; they don't need to be confronted by bare-chested men".

AD reports jokingly that the safari park's website said it was forced to impose the dress code because "all the beer bellies and hairy chests of the shirtless men were frightening the giraffes, gorillas and lions".

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • MBMORDECHAI posted:

    on 29th July 2009, 11:06:25 - Reply

    THIS WILL BE ONE PLACE I WILL NOT ATTEND. PRUDISH PEOPLE DO NOT ENTER MY PARK.