Busch Gardens Williamsburg uses sheep to help maintain grounds

Posted Tuesday, September 3, 2013 9:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

17 Scottish blackface sheep typically reside in stables at Busch Gardens , but they are now taking part in an environment-friendly program of “targeted grazing.” According to a news release from Busch Gardens Williamsburg, targeted grazing involves training animals to naturally manage landscaping by eating grass and plants from certain areas.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:15 AM

Yay Sheep!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:22 AM

Hope no renegade sheep decide to check out Verbolten. What a mess!

In all seriousness (I just wanted to say renegade sheep), this is an interesting idea. With all the fuel and power and resources that amusement parks use, any way that they can cut down on use of natural resources is fantastic. I can't see it working all that well to maintain grounds, but I don't know that much about sheep, so I could be completely wrong. In any case, pretty cool idea, and good press.

At least until PETA determines that the sheep aren't paid a fair wage for their slave work.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:39 AM

I dunno, free food AND free admission to a theme park? Even PETA has to like that.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:47 AM

Blackface? When did sheep get so offensive?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 11:24 AM

Don't Griffins eat sheep?
Isn't, in Greek mythology, Apollo very overprotective of his sheep?
I smell war

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:12 PM

I wish you'd smell the log off button.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:51 PM

Target grazing! What a novel idea. Farmers have been hip to the concept for, I don't know,... centuries?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:02 PM

I go Target grazing about 3 times a week. They always have good deals, especially if you walk the outside edge and find the 75% off clearance.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:07 PM

I see what you did there.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:12 PM

As an aspiring freegan, I prefer Costco grazing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 5:03 PM

I don't know how accurate this word "green" is considering farm animals account for 20% of the atmosphere's methane levels. But it's definitely cheaper this way!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6:28 PM

I do a lot of Wal-Mart Grazing myself, using Gift Cards I get from Auto Dealers to purchase toys. In December these toys will be donated to five different charities. The owner of one Dealership saw me redeeming a card for a Toy, he's instructed his salesmen to give me TWO cards whenever I get a flyer!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 7:31 PM

After seeing "Night on Earth" - I'll never think of sheep the same way again. Darn you Jim Jarmusch!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:10 PM

How about sheep for wood?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:25 AM

Hopefully the sheep aren't getting fleeced.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:55 AM

Ugh. This thread has been one baaad pun after another.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:06 AM

I don't know if this picture is going to work, but they have been doing this all summer. I saw it a lot during my internship.

Last edited by TTD-120-420, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:07 AM
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:20 AM

Oh, no, you got that wrong. Those sheep paid for the VIP behind the scenes experience. The tour guides are plainly visible, silly.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:21 AM

sirloindude said:

Ugh. This thread has been one baaad pun after another.

downvote. if it existed.


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