Endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat joey spotted
AN ENDANGERED northern hairy-nosed wombat joey has been captured by the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge in St George, Queensland.
AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION STATUS (EPBC Act)
The northern hairy-nosed wombat is confined to a section of Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland, with a second population developing in Richard Underwood Nature Refuge near St George. Fossil evidence shows the species once ranged from central NSW to Port Douglas in northern QLD.
Northern hairy-nosed wombat, Queensland hairy-nosed wombat
Sandy soil close to trees offers the ideal ground for the wombats to dig burrows. Wombat burrows can be up to 3.5 metres underground, 20m long and half a metre wide. A year-round supply of native grasses also dictates where the wombat resides.
This information was taken from Australian Geographic’s Endangered Species blog.