Video: Using Drones to Count Koala Bears

It has been a challenging couple of years in Australia, where droughts, wildfires, and record-setting heat have made life difficult not just for the people, but the wildlife too. The koala bears in particular have had a rough go of it, with their numbers reportedly dwindling due to the impact on their habitats. To help sort out just how many koala bears remain, researchers have taken to using drones to locate and count the adorable creatures. In this video, you’ll see how those drones are being put to use and how technology can make this kind of research easier and more accessible. As it turns out, drones aren’t just for capturing stunning shots in our favorite outdoor and adventure videos.

Kraig Becker