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Drones used to track endangered koalas in Australia Updated: 2020-08-07 05:29:39 KST

One of Australia's most beloved native species, koalas, are on the brink of extinction, due to devastating wildfires, deforestation, and habitat destruction.
Amid the dwindling population, conservationists are striving to save the remaining few, by using drones to keep track of koalas in the wild.
The animals are notoriously difficult to detect, but infrared drones can efficiently locate them by identifying their heat signal.
With the technology, scientists and volunteer trackers can find the koalas, monitor their health, and keep count of their population, with minimum disturbance to the wildlife.
At the current rate of loss, the World Wildlife Fund says koalas in eastern Australia will be extinct by 2050.
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