Animal Guide: Wombat
Wombat says: trust yourself
The solid, round body of a wombat is hard to miss if you come across one on your travels. Wombats are champion burrowers, digging large complex tunnels into the soil with their powerful paws and cutting through blockages with big, strong front teeth.
They usually give birth to only one young at a time, which lives for 8–9 months in the pouch. Cleverly, a wombat's pouch faces backwards to avoid getting filled with dirt as they dig.
Wombat’s bottoms are very tough and they use them to fearlessly block their burrows from attackers and protect themselves and their young. They can also crush an adversary against the roof of the tunnel if necessary.
Habitat and Distribution
There are three species of Wombat, the Hairy-Nosed Wombat, the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and the Bare-Nosed Wombat.
All wombat species face conservation threats, but the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is critically endangered. Their numbers declined after settlers introduced grazing animals and rabbits which compete with the wombats for grass. Today there are only 200 left.(i)
(i) The Wombat Foundation, www.wombatfoundation.com.au