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Drones revolutionize orangutan conservation fight

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By ITN News Editor April 17, 2019 12:33

Drones revolutionize orangutan conservation fight

Swinging through the Bornean jungle, these endangered orangutans have proven difficult for scientists to track. Traditionally, researchers have trekked through the foliage to count their sky-high nests.

But a ground-breaking study has found a less costly, more time efficient solution – using techniques usually reserved for space.

In 2018 – this group of scientists flew a drone over the Sabah jungle for six days, fitted with thermal-imaging cameras it was able to detect the orangutans by just their body heat.

The team from Liverpool John Moores University, WWF and conservation group HUTAN spotted 41 orangutans across 28 flights and those results are all important, as Borneo’s orangutan numbers are dwindling.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 17, 2019 12:33

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