TEHRAN, March 16, YJC - Climate change has driven thirsty koalas to man-made water stations in rural Australia.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club
(YJC) - Koalas normally get their water from chewing eucalyptus leaves. But the trees have started deteriorating due to heat waves, leading to a 25 percent decline in koala population in 2009.
To fix the problem, a project inspired by a farmer has kicked off in Australia that aims at supplementing koala bears’ diet with water. The "Blinky Drinker" set up includes an automatic drinking bowl strapped to a tree, which is filled by a hose with water.
Newly released footage shows that the animals are indeed drinking from these stations prompting organizers to expand the project. The next step for the team is to monitor and calculate findings from the past summer season and provide enough data to support the vulnerable specifies more than before.