Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Lasiorhinus krefftii

Status

Endangered (State & Commonwealth)

Problem

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats were extinct at Deniliquin and St George by the late 1800s. Today there are around 138 left at Epping Forest National Park near Clermont. The variety of native grasses they feed on has been reduced by Buffel Grass infestations. The greatest threat to the northern hairy-nosed wombat's survival is the low number of wombats and the fact that all occur in one population.

Background Information

There are about 138 Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats left alive. This animal is Queensland's most endangered mammal. Once found south to the Victorian border, the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is now found in only one place - Epping Forest National Park (Scientific) in central Queensland. Of its 3,160 hectares approximately 750 ha is suitable for habitat as some of the park's soils are heavy clays, which aren't suitable for burrows.

Research

Clearing has severely reduced suitable Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat habitat. Competition for food from sheep and cattle has diminished their chances of survival. A major threat was dingo predation. In response to this threat, Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) built a dingo-proof fence around 2,500 ha of wombat habitat on Epping Forest NP in 2002 to permanently protect the population. In 2009 five wombats were translocated to St George in an attempt to establish a second population.

Solution

Act on research results to protect and enhance remaining habitat. Increase the Epping Forest population. Establish viable populations elsewhere. Now at Richard Underwood Nature refuge.

More information

Northern hairy-nosed wombat, Lasiorhinus krefftii (Department of Environment and Resource Management)

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