Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 7, 2020

Australia Gears Up for the Great Koala Count

The New York Times reports on Australia Gearing Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs

The iconic marsupials are not easy to find, or count accurately, so officials will deploy a host of methods.

One would think that koalas are easy to find and count. They’re large. They’re fluffy. They’re mostly immobile since they tend to sleep for about 20 hours a day.

Not so.

“It’s the fact that they don’t move much that makes them hard to spot,” said Desley Whisson, a wildlife ecologist at Deakin University in Victoria.

Read more at Australia Gears Up for the Great Koala Count, Using Drones, Droppings and Dogs

 


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