AI Poison Devices are the Latest Weapon in Fight to Save King Island Endangered Birds from Feral Cats

The critically endangered King Island scrubtit and King Island brown thornbill are among five Australian bird species considered most likely to become extinct within 20 years.

Both are subspecies endemic to the island, and their populations are thought to be between 50–100 individuals for the thornbill and less than 50 for the scrubtit.

However, conservationists are hopeful the use of poison delivery devices that use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to identify and poison passing cats, will help protect the birds from predation, buying more time to restore crucial habitat areas.

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