Tree-Hiding Koalas Are Harder To Count Than You Would Think The Australian government says it will spend over a million dollars to count koalas using some high-tech methods. The conservation effort will incorporate heat-seeking drones and acoustic surveys.
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Tree-Hiding Koalas Are Harder To Count Than You Would Think

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Tree-Hiding Koalas Are Harder To Count Than You Would Think

Tree-Hiding Koalas Are Harder To Count Than You Would Think

Tree-Hiding Koalas Are Harder To Count Than You Would Think

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The Australian government says it will spend over a million dollars to count koalas using some high-tech methods. The conservation effort will incorporate heat-seeking drones and acoustic surveys.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Noel King. Koala counting is difficult because the fluffy little bears hide in trees. So the Australian government announced that it will spend over $1 million to count the country's koalas using high-tech methods. The New York Times reports of the conservation effort will incorporate heat-seeking drones and acoustic surveys. Scientists will still use some old-school methods, though, like looking for koala droppings. It's MORNING EDITION.

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