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Drones to Drop Seeds to Boost Koala Gum Tree Numbers After Devastating Australia Bushfires

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A drone being prepared for seeding.

Specialized drones are being tested in a program to boost koala numbers on Australia's east coast, where they will drop seeds of gum trees as part of a World Wildlife Fund scheme to regenerate bushland torched in the country's historic wildfires.

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Specialized drones are being tested in a program to increase koala populations on Australia's east coast by dropping gum tree seeds as part of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) project to revive forest ravaged by bushfires.

WWF's Australia unit aims to raise A$300 million ($210 million) over five years to fund the initiative to trial the seed drones and other techniques for restoring the forest, as a means of doubling koala numbers.

Some drones can plant 40,000 seeds daily, and will help create corridors so koalas and other fauna can continue to exist in an environment fragmented by fire and land clearing.

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