Home Page click on pic for info Northern Hairy Nosed
............... Wombat


click for info on pic General
Subclass: Marsupialia
In the nineteenth century this species of wombat was present in New South Wales and Victoria. It now survives only in a small national park near Epping Forest Station in tropical Queensland. (Likely to become extinct if threats continue, as it is Australia's most endangered mammal)

Where to find them
ONLY FOUND IN ONE PLACE IN THE WORLD
Semi-arid woodland and grassland on sandy soil in Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland. Though Epping Forest National Park is 3,300 ha the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat is only found in one 300 ha site which is now fenced to keep out cattle and sheep

click for info on pic Description
Head and body: 80-100cm Tail: 3-5cm Distribution:less than 10,000 square kilometers Abundance: very sparse (last count in 1993 was 65) Status: endangered . Size:35 cm high, 1m long Weight: up to 40 kg, females slightly heavier than males The curious name (Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat)comes from its distinctive muzzle which is covered with short brown hairs. The wombat is strong and heavily built, with short, powerful legs and strong claws that are used to dig burrows or search for suitable plants and roots to eat. Its fur is soft, silky, and mainly brown, mottled with grey, fawn and black.It has a broad head with black patches around their eyes. The ears are long and slightly pointed with tufts of white hair on the edges.

click for info on pic Habits
By day Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats sleep in a burrow. Although mostly solitary, these wombats often share burrows

Food
At night Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats feed on coarse grasses, herbs and roots.

Reproduction
The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat gives birth to one young during the wet season (Nov - Apr). The young wombat stays in the mothers pouch for 6 to 9 months. They leave their mother at about 12 months.

click for info on pic Preservation Program
A major recovery program is underway, funded by the Queensland and Commonwealth governments to the tune of $250,000 per year. It involves major research and management programs and includes studies of genetics, reproduction, behavior, diet. Management aims to improve the quality and diversity of pasture species available to the wombats by slashing, buring and seeding. The long-term aim is to establish another wild population to reduce the risks inherent in having only one. But until the population builds up, this can not be done yet!


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The Yaminon or Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Recovery Fund
Russells Burrow "great informative site
Queensland Museum - Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat
Wombania's Wombat Information Center