'Give us a sniff, love': giving marsupials scents from suitors helps breeding programs

  • Written by Marissa Parrott, Reproductive Biologist, Wildlife Conservation & Science, Zoos Victoria, and Honorary Research Associate, BioSciences, University of Melbourne
'Give us a sniff, love': giving marsupials scents from suitors helps breeding programsA baby eastern barred bandicoot pokes its head out of its mother’s pouch. M. Parrott, Zoos Victoria, Author provided

Smell is a vital part of sexual attraction for all kinds of animals (including humans). We may be able to use smell to improve breeding programs by giving the female animal a sample sniff of potential mates and letting her...

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