Scenery and Science in a Physics Wonderland
Perhaps the best-known attraction at Fermilab is the herd of bison, often mistakenly called buffalo. Robert Wilson brought the first North American Bison to Fermilab in 1969. Today’s herd averages between 16-20 animals, except for when the babies arrive in April. These plains bison grow to around five feet tall and weigh around 2500 pounds. They can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour – particularly when in an ill humor. The bison, now the national mammal, has always been as a symbol for Fermilab, recognizing both the lab’s ties to the prairieland where it sits and its place at the frontier of high energy physics.