Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Wombats are marsupials which mean females give birth to underdeveloped young (joeys). Joeys climb into the mother’s pouch, where they attach to a teat and drink milk. Wombat pouches face backwards so that the joeys are protected from the soil when the mother is digging. Joeys leave the pouch for good at approximately 10 months of age.
With their sturdy bodies, powerful limbs and shovel-like feet, wombats are excellent excavators. Burrows of the hairy-nosed wombats usually consist of loose clusters of extensive tunnels with up to 20 entrances. On average, for every three active burrows, there will be one wombat present. Wombats can crush intruding predators against the ceiling of their burrows with their backsides.
The hairy-nosed wombats are distinguished from Common Wombats by their silky, grey-brown fur and by their large square nose covered with fine hairs. They also have longer ears. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is the smallest of all three wombat species.
Did you know? The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is related to the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii).
There are two colonies of Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats in Queensland; Epping Forest National Park and a successful relocation colony in St. George.