As we all know, humans have always looked to nature for inspiration to solve problems. Knowing this, on April 20th, we went to “Darıca Zoo-Garden” with our technical drawing class. Our aim was to take inspiration from the nature, the animals, for our project that we will prepare for this course. As a whole, we can call this project study as ‘bio-inspiration’ or ‘biomimicry’ which has a definition like this: “Biomimicry or biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems”. The term biomimicry comes from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate.
Throughout our 2-hours zoo trip, a guide has accompanied us. She is actually a veterinarian and knows a lot about animals. She has been very useful for us, I have learned many important features even about animals that we are all familiar with. Do you know that an adult, healthy lion sleeps an average of 18 to 20 hours per day?
At the entrance of the zoo, there were many kinds of parrots. When they are crying all together, they really have an irritating voice. We have then learned that they hate people, like most of the animals, so when they saw us, they started to cry. Actually, these voices made me biased against parrots, I couldn’t like them.
The animals that I have seen for the first time in my life were: lama, otter, iguana, jaguar and penguin. They were all interesting. The resemblance between the skin of the leopard and the hat of our technical drawing instructor was another interesting detail of the trip =)
The animal that I mostly liked was monkeys. They are enjoyable animals. I like them maybe because they are the ones that resemble to us mostly. When they see us approaching their cage, they come away and hit the glass, they want us to follow them to the big hole where they get their foods and there they put their hands under this hole and wait while crying also. I was...