Wombats are short and round burrowing marsupials found only in Australia. They can weigh up to and over 40 kilograms and can reach a metre long yet barely stand 30 centimetres tall! There are three species of wombat: the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefttii) which are one of the world’s most critically endangered mammals with less than 300 animals left in the wild. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) and the Bare-nosed Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) both of which have little protective status despite population numbers being unknown.
We are based in South Australia and are lucky enough to have the latter two of the three species. Due to the lack of knowledge and advocacy plus the Founders fascination with the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats, most of WAO’s efforts are dedicated to the species however sanctuary is offered to any wombat.
The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is South Australia’s faunal emblem, they live alomst exculsively in SA. They are incredibly smart and absolute in their ways. They never second guess anything. They are social beings, living in large family groups and inhabit some of the driest country in the world.