Working on the wombat

By Rebecca Baker 7 July 2014
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We need your help to raise funds for important wombat projects this July-August.


WOMBATS ARE ONE of our most recognisable native animals and over the next two months the AG Society will need your help to raise funds for a number of important wombat research projects across the country. From the southern hairy-nosed to the common wombat, these iconic marsupials are worth protecting.

– Wombats are one of the world’s largest burrowing animals – they have powerful limbs and short broad feet, perfect for digging.
– They actually have a very small tail hidden by their thick fur.
– Wombats also live in large burrows, sometimes up to 30m long.

The AG Society fundraiser will generate funds for a number of different research projects. The project being undertaken by Dr Elisa Sparrow of Zoos South Australia will trial the use of dingo scent as a deterrent to keep southern hairy-nosed wombats away from farmers’ properties.

These wombats live in large warren systems mainly on agricultural properties throughout southern parts of South Australia and their extensive digging behaviour can cause conflict with landholders.

Another project being undertaken at the Australian National University by Georgeanna Story will look into the impact of roads on wombat populations and assess the role of drainage culverts in reducing roadkill.

Your donation will allow scientists to work on projects that tackle the problems facing wild wombat populations, such as habitat division and destruction by roads and houses, changing climates and the challenge of coexistence between agriculture and wombats.