information for carers

This section is for licensed carers. If you’re interested in becoming a licensed carer please contact WPSA and we will be more than happy to provide you with further information – info@wombatprotection.org.au

 
 
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Releasing Bare nosed wombats back into their wild habitat

Depending on when you take in a wombat, it can take nearly two years to raise from care to release. It’s a long commitment and one that needs lots of love and dedication.

Download our guide for some tips and advice on how to release our furry friends back into the wild.

 

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Sarcoptic mange in Australian wildlife

Sarcoptic mange is an infestation of the parasitic mite sarcoptes scabiei. The parasite can infect both humans and wildlife, with the condition referred to as scabies and mange respectively. Sarcoptic mange is widely distributed, affecting over 100 species, spanning seven mammalian families. Signs of mange include intense scratching, skin reddening, skin thickening and hair loss. Severity of the infection and mortality rates vary depending on species and geographic location.

The mite is invasive to Australia and is believed to have arrived about 200 years ago with European settlers and their domesticated animals. Since its introduction, S. scabiei has been documented in a number of native Australian species. Sarcoptic mange has the most significant impacts on wombat populations and can cause local extirpation of populations. Increased management and population scale treatments may be required to protect isolated or small wombat populations.

 

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How long do mange mites survive?

Mange mites can survive between two days and three weeks after a host has died depending on relative humidity and temperature.

Learn how quickly these mites can infest and how they may effect other mammals.

 

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Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Wombats

This white paper has been published by State of NSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW in October 2015. The paper talks to the minimum standards of wildlife care in NSW.

The Code is designed for everyone involved in the activity of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wombats. It has been developed to protect the welfare of wombats in care and to contribute to the conservation of wild wombat populations.

 

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Mange Treatment and Protocols

A download white paper from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment published in March 2018. This white paper talks to mange treatment protocols and euthanasia Guidance for the application of moxidectin (cydectin) to treat sarcoptic mange in wild wombats in Tasmania.

 

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Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a zoonotic disease caused by an intracellular protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. The feline is the definite host and the only species that produce and shed oocysts. It can infect all warm-blooded animals (including people) where they then act as an intermediate host. Marsupials are highly susceptible to infection and Toxoplasma becomes clinically significant if animals are stressed, which can happen to them in captivity.

 

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Treating Mange

The Wombat Protection Society has been working for many years with groups and individuals to eradicate mange throughout Australia.

This download booklet is for people who want to develop a treatment program in their area.

 

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Caring for Bare Nosed wombats

Linda Dennis has put together this comprehensive guide on how to care for Bare Nosed wombat. Linda believes the provision of good-quality information to wildlife carers is essential in improving the level of hand-rearing and rehabilitation amongst wildlife carers.

This guide is an important tool for carers rearing juvenile wombats and treating adult wombats.

 

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Wombat Myths

Wombats breed every two to three years and only have one young at a time, yet many believe there is a population explosion of wombats. This simply isn’t true. We dispel this myth and others in our Wombat Myths article.

 

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Wildlife teats

Flow and strength of a teat is vital in raising an orphaned joey to a healthy adult wombat ready for release back into the wild. Therefore, it’s important to get the right teat for every life stage of a growing joey.

There are many places you can purchase teats, the link below is just one recommendation that specialises in making them.

 

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Making a wombat burrow flap

One of the most effective ways of treating mange is placing a flap at the wombat’s burrow entrance. This will ensure a wombat gets the regular doses needed throughout the treatment period.

 

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How to make a wire frame to hold a burrow flap

A guide that shows you how to make a simple device in order to easily bend a wire frame for your burrow flap. You will be able to use this device again and again.