The fascinating world of the Robot Zoo

How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.


I visited this family-friendly exhibition this morning, along with my toddler son. The exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide.

At the exhibition we met a robotic rhino, a tall giraffe, a giant grasshopper, an interactive chameleon, a furry bat, a squid with 18-foot tentacles and a huge house fly with a vacuum cleaner mouth.




There’s also some really fun interactive exhibits for the kiddies, which allows them to press buttons to interact with the robots, try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and even design their own ‘mutant’ robot creature.


It’s a fun exhibition for families. Though probably more suited for ages 3+, but it didn’t stop my one year old from admiring the robots and banging on the interactive buttons – oh he loved it!

So how do chameleons change colour? Find out at the Horniman Museum, on until 29 October 2017.

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Shapa Begum

About Shapa Begum

Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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