Chicago Airport Calls In Grazing Herd

  • More than 40 four-legged lawnmowers clear vegetation around the airport.

    More than 40 four-legged lawnmowers clear vegetation around the airport.

  • The animals even munch on poison ivy and noxious weeds.

    The animals even munch on poison ivy and noxious weeds.

  • The animals can reach difficult-to-clear areas.

    The animals can reach difficult-to-clear areas.

Click image to view full size

The Chicago O’Hare International Airport has turned to grassroots efforts in clearing its overgrown vegetation. Since 2013, the airport has hired a herd of sheep, goats, llamas, and burros to clear plants that are difficult to maintain with traditional equipment. Observe the more than 40 four-legged lawnmowers happily munching away on greens—even chomping down on poison ivy and noxious weeds. The animals come from a nearby rescue facility for their seasonal duties and their efforts mean no pesticides are needed to maintain the 120 acres of land surrounding Chicago O’Hare. And airport passengers fear not—runways are separated from the grassy fields with security fencing so the animals keep a safe distance from taxiing planes.

For more information, visit the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Share this Article

Related Posts

Oslo Airport Utilizes Natural Coolant

The renovated Oslo Airport becomes the first in the world to receive a BREEAM "excellent" rating for...

A Word from the Concierge: Waldo Hernandez, The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

The Carlyle's chef concierge shares insights on places in Manhattan to discover great art, get the b...

4 American National Parks to Visit this Fall

To celebrate the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, these parks offer both dazzling autum...

Aman New York Has Finally Opened

Housed in a 1920s Beaux Arts skyscraper, the all-suite hotel will be the brand’s second urban retr...

Four Lodgings with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs

These properties—one in Japan and three in the famed architect's native United States—bear witne...

L.A.’s Upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Created by the organization behind the Oscars, this seven-story complex celebrates the art and scien...