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With one of our wombats up for adoption. We'll send you a quarterly update with pictures & progress.

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We're here to help around the clock, so if you have any questions about our furry friends, please call us on 0458 737 283


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Dedicated to creating a better life for our unique, native wildlife

The Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat, South Australia's faunal emblem, is under serious threat due in no small part to poor land management practices, severe mange, the proliferation of weeds, increases in Government issue destruction permits, vehicle related road deaths and reduced habitat.

The Wombat Awareness Organisation is the first line of defence, for these vulnerable and adorable little marsupials. Often mistaken for a well-financed and slick operation of wombat rescuers and wildlife conservationists, Wombat Awareness is in fact run by just two lone dedicated, tireless (and relentless) volunteers.

WAO was created by chance by Founder Brigitte Stevens in 2006, to save the life of one special orphaned Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat named Barney, during her tenure at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

When Barney became ill, the only advice given by veterinarians was to move him to his natural environment in South Australia. With no other option, Brigitte and little Barney packed up and moved to South Australia, only to discover the wombats of the state had no voice, no advocacy and no genuine protection. What happened next was a roller coaster ride of massive proportions as Brigitte found the courage to defend the wombats against the Government and the non-sympathetic members of the farming community.

Wildlife biologist and long term friend Clare Jans joined Brigitte to give the wombats all of the care and support they need and to assist in the development of conservation programs designed to be non invasive and effective in the treatment of wild wombats.

These two women still work for free, ensuring every single dollar goes directly to where it should, to the provision of care, rescue and advocacy of 1800 wombats every year. Giving these wild, willful wonderful little Australians a second chance at life.

This is a real life story of David and Goliath that can only continue with your help. By donating, sponsoring a wombat at our sanctuary, or shopping in our online store you are ensuring our new sanctuary just outside Mt Barker will be maintained and completed and will provide a permanent safe haven for the orphaned and injured wombats of South Australia that will outlast Brigitte and Clare's lifetime.

The future of our wombats (and yours), and those yet to be rescued is in your hands, please dig deep, so we can continue to fund the veterinary care, provide food and intensive care, and keep our rescue vehicle on the road to protect, rescue and care for these vulnerable and much loved marsupials.

You can help the wombats directly by donating today or join our Wombat Adoption Program