Queensland University of Technology researchers are flying UAVs – equipped with infrared cameras – through areas of koala-inhabited land not easily accessible by humans, according to a report from ABC News Australia.
The aircraft can fly, for example, over trees or through bushland covered in undergrowth. Once the camera spots a koala, it sends a photo to the operators, who can then determine the location of the animals and keep a count of the population.
In the future, the researchers may also use the data to determine further conservation methods, such as relocating the animals to safer environments.
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A video on the project can be found here.