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.

The Robot Zoo is open in the Earl Bane Gallery of Rolling Hills Zoo’s Wildlife Museum during normal Zoo hours and is included in the price of Zoo admission.

The Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Once open, the exhibit will be accessible seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., until Memorial Day weekend, when public hours expand to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Exhibited in the Earl Bane Gallery,The Robot Zoo, is included in your admission to Rolling Hills Zoo.

This exhibit was conceived, edited and designed by Marshall Editions of London, England. For more information on the exhibit visit the Evergreen Exhibitions website at


The Robot Zoo is brought to you by these Sponsors and Donors:


Joscelyn Foundation
Middlekauff Foundation
The Zimmerman Family Foundation
Mark &
Carolyn Wedel


Rolling Hills Museum
Rolling Hills Animals
Elephant Trunk
Hide Hollow

Included with admission. Open Daily

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