WOM­BAT WOR­RIES

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

AV­ER­AG­ING ABOUT 32KG and grow­ing to more than 1m in length, the north­ern hairy-nosed wom­bat is Aus­tralia’s largest wom­bat species. Com­pared with the com­mon wom­bat, it has longer, pointed ears, softer fur and a broader muz­zle fringed with whiskers. Its num­bers have been fall­ing for many years due to com­pe­ti­tion for food with sheep, cat­tle and rab­bits, pro­tracted droughts and pre­da­tion by wild dogs. By the 1980s just 35 sur­vived in the wild, prompt­ing this wom­bat to be listed as crit­i­cally en­dan­gered on the IUCN Red List. Con­ser­va­tion ef­forts have brought its num­ber up to about 250 but the species re­mains at high risk. Please help The Wom­bat Foun­da­tion re­store the north­ern hairy-nosed wom­bat to its for­mer range.

TO DO­NATE: Visit aus­tralian­geo­graphic.com. au/so­ci­ety or post a cheque to the AGS Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Level 9, 54 Park St, Syd­ney NSW 2000.

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