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>> A simple solution that may save an Australian icon from dying of thirst. Normally, koalas get most of their water from gum leaves, but heat waves, in recent years, brought on by climate change have them seeking other sources. It's why farmer Robert French teamed up with the University of Sidney to build these drinkers.
And cameras showed a surprising number of visits.>> But they've been living here since the 1970 without any water supplementation, there might have been the odd damn around about. But to see them in this area where this just isn't any water was certainly a shock and an eye-opener.
>> Researchers say the koalas used the drinkers for more than ten minutes at a time, even during winter last year.>> Climate change is making an impact, and that we're talking about an Australian icon. And everybody around the world knows koalas, and we don't wanna lose koalas.>> Koalas are listed as vulnerable in Australia.
It's estimated there are as few as 43,000 left in the wild. Reports say the country just endured its hottest summer on record. Researchers plan to use the data from that time to see if koalas looked for the drinkers, and if it may help them survive in warmer years ahead.