The Robot Zoo

Educational, Family, Roadtrip

By exploring the biomechanics of complex animal robots, Rolling Hills Zoo visitors will get to discover how real animals work, thanks to the Zoo’s newest exhibit, The Robot Zoo, opening on May 20th. Based on the engaging children’s book, The Robot Zoo,this 2,500 square-foot exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. With three robot animals and seven hands-on activities, this exhibit illustrates the fascinating real-life characteristics of various species, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. 

The larger-than-life-size animated robots include a chameleon, a platypus, and a house fly with a three-foot wingspread. The machinery in the robot animals simulates the body parts of their real-life counterparts. In the robot animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers. 

Sensory activities include “Swat the Fly”, a test of the visitor’s reaction time (one-twelfth as fast as a house fly’s), and “Sticky Feet,” where visitors wearing special hand and knee pads can try to stick like flies to a sloped surface. Triggering the “Tongue Gun” demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to reel in a meal.


Starts: May 20th - 8:00 am
Ends: September 4th - 8:00 pm


Rolling Hills Zoo
625 N. Hedville RoadSalina, KS 67401

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