Freida van Staden
Wombats

My fascination and endearment towards wombats goes back to 1996 when I was
introduced to them firstly in an article written by someone who reared a baby wombat
( sadly I have since lost the article) and then seeing them in real life in Sydney
and Brisbane, Australia. They are nocturnal and so I have seen mostly sleepy
wombats. I would love to foster a baby wombat one day. However they like to burrow underground. Therefore it is really an unrealistic wish of mine to have one as a pet.

Wombats are marsupial mammals native to Eastern Australia and
Tasmania. They can weigh up to 39 kg and can grow approximately to 1 meter.
They have a short 25mm tail and stumpy legs.
Wombats live in hilly forest country and like to burrow underground.
They can  burrow for as long as 20 metres.

Australia has three species of wombat.

The common wombat - found in forested habitats and grazes
in forest clearings of Tasmania, NSW and Victoria.

The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat - found in South Australia and Western
Australia.

The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat - found in central Queensland at Clermont.

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This wombat turned around for me to photograph him.
Warratah Park - Sydney - NSW

 

Wombats by David Hopkins

 

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Links to more information and photos of wombats:

Russell's Burrow a special and delightful sight dedicated to Russell's foster care.

Wombats

ABC Australia - Wombats

Wombats 

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