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.