The Northern Hairy nosed wombats are one of four wombat species found In Australia, however as of late the Hairy Nosed wombat has been added to the critically endangered list after being presumed extinct early in the 20th century. Ideally, I would like to raise awareness for this animal and raise money for conservation efforts. This animal has been on the planet for thousand of years and due to human modification of the environment it could call an end to this Australian native animal.

Bringing a species back from the brink of extinction is never easy. Typically, it takes long-term commitment, amounting to lifetimes of hard work by dedicated scientists and supporters.

That is especially true if the species is a big animal with a low breeding rate, because such species respond slowly to our efforts. No species of Australian wildlife better illustrates these points than the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat.

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is the largest of Australia’s three wombat species: females can weigh over 40 kg.

It is distinguished from the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat by its broad muzzle and black eye-rings as well as large size, and from the Common Wombat by its silky grey fur, long ears and of course hairy nose. Early in the 20th century it was thought that the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat was extinct, after the disappearance of the only two populations then known one near St George in southern Queensland, the other near Jerilderie in New South Wales. Then, in the 1930s, a small population was discovered in what is now Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland. This population was in decline, and by 1982 there may have been only 30 or so animals left.

Past declines were probably caused by competition for pasture from cattle and sheep, especially during drought. Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats never venture far from their burrows to feed. When overgrazing removes all pasture from around their burrows, they starve. Though the Epping Forest population is slowly increasing, the wombats are in a dangerous position. While all the world’s Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats live in just one place the species’ ultimate extinction is almost inevitable. This is because sooner or later a local catastrophe e.g. a drought, flood, fire, disease epidemic, will strike and Have dire consequences on the population. There needs to be an increased effort placed on trying to establish more wombat populations in different varying locations.

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