How can’t robotics benefit animals?!? There’s so many ways that they could! Whilst I doubt people will develop robotic limbs specifically for animals at the moment as people tend to come first, I think that one day you may find animals with robotic limbs or organs in once they’ve been perfected for human use although they probably would only be found in favourite pets or animals in zoos.
I think robotics will probably be used for tracking animals as a development of the radio transmitters that are currently used – for example a drone that could track elephants and alert someone if poachers were present, ensuring their protection.
They could be used to round sheep up without needing the farmer present or could follow an animal that is hard to track. At the moment turtles have a period in their life known as the ‘lost years’ as we don’t know what they do between hatching and coming back to lay their eggs – imagine releasing a robot with the hatchlings (baby turtles) that could track them for 30 years and let us know what they do. The more we know about an animal and its habits, the more we can do to make sure that we can protect them!