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sense of smell

A head shot of Newman in a tree, surrounded by branches and leaves and looking over his right shoulder to camera The 5 digits on his right hand can be seen as he holds the tree. His large dark nose, white chin and fluffy ears are shown His eyes are open, he looks relaxed.

Chemically nosey

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Koalas are specialist folivores. This means they eat a diet consisting of leaves, and in this case they have a narrow range of leaves that they are able to eat. Some people say koalas are ‘fussy eaters’, but the reason for their particular choices of which tree, and then which leaves in the tree they… Read More »Chemically nosey

Facing forward and against a background of leaves, Mist is holding on to a branch in front of her which is partially obscuring the left side of her face. Her eyes are open and she looks alert.

The koala nose

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Scents are important to koalas and their sense of smell is highly developed.  We are all aware that they have large noses dominating their faces, and that is not coincidental. The sense of smell is used for two main purposes – communication and chemical analysis of a potential meal. In both cases the ability to… Read More »The koala nose

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