Education

This section will give you more insight into what we do at the Society, what you can do to help wombats, how to address things like digging on your property… plus a whole lot more!

 
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A wombat rescue with a happy ending

Meet Mudsey, a young wombat who was rescued from certain death. Her mother was fatally injured with Mudsey stowed away in her pouch. A compassionate landowner saw Mudsey’s mother and wanting to help her, called the local wildlife organisation. Sadly Mudsey’s mother didn’t make it. However, this landowner’s simple action led to Mudsey’s rescue.

Mudsey has lots to live for and one wildlife carer provided this sweet little wombat with the best possible start.

 
An innovate solution to fence digging.

An innovate solution to fence digging.

What to do if a wombat is digging up your fence!

We have had many people ask us what to do if a wombat damages your fence. Wombats will burrow under fences and create holes that are then used by other animals. Blocking the hole is only a short term solution, wombats can be very persistent and will usually dig another hole. Here we talk to a solution.

 
Conservation Volunteers Australia help with rewilding.

Conservation Volunteers Australia help with rewilding.

The Wisdom of Rewilding

A wombat rewilding program in is proving to have huge benefits for the environment and the survival wombats and other native wildlife.

 
Free wombat mask from Mother Natured.

Free wombat mask from Mother Natured.

Wombat Fun

Penny Whitehouse has a love for nature and connecting children with it. She shares lots of wonderful activities and information with children and we’re very interested in what she has to say about wombats. Learn about wombats, see which wombat books Penny reads and get a free wombat mask by visiting her website, Mother Natured.

 
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Mange can kill

Mange is one of the biggest life risks to wombats. The good news is that is can be treated! You can learn more about treating mange in our Mange & Disease section of our website.

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One refuge’s work

Lyn Obern, Director at WPSA, runs a busy refuge in Kangaroo Valley, caring for and releasing orphaned wombats back in to their native habitat. See the story on ABC’s 7:30 Report.

 
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A WOMBAT UNDER YOUR HOUSE

There are several reasons a wombat may decide to take refuge under your house. It may seek short term refuge or decide to take residence.

If our furry friend is keeping you awake in the wee hours of the night or you’re concerned it may be causing damage, our helpful fact sheet will provide some guidance.

 
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Projects WPSA support

We believe it’s important to continue to support valuable projects and resources that protect the welfare of wombats.

 
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Western Sydney Rewilding Project

Peter Ridgeway, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, explores the impact wildlife release can have to save animal life and the ecosystem.

Over four years, the effects of releasing rehabilitated bare nosed wombats was closely monitored and the results are overwhelmingly positive.

 

Making a snug burrow

Many wombats gather dry grass and leaves to keep their burrows warm and dry. This video shows one busy little wombat, Wilma, who was treated for mange. Her treatment was successful and as you can see she’s busily working away to keep her burrow nice and comfortable!

 
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Wombats and the Environment

Digging mammals improve soil health by turnover and mixing organic matter bringing deep soils and their nutrients to the surface. 

Allie, a very photogenic wombat.

Allie, a very photogenic wombat.

2019 WPSA Bulletin

We endeavour to publish a quarterly bulletin detailing important issues such as manage management, the Society’s involvement in projects, research we support, as well as current news relating to the welfare of Australia’s beloved wombats.

You can download our most current bulletin or to obtain back issues, email us on info@wombatprotection.org.au

 
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Rewilding projects are successful but more needs to be done

Although a wombat rewilding program is showing an increase in population numbers, other factors such as climate change, lack of food and road dangers are hindering movement.

 
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Wombat gate design

If you have a wombat digging through your fence line the Department Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment of Tasmania have a created a design for a wombat gate and would like to share their wisdom.

 

Digging is good for the Environment!

Wombats break through hard soils and help turn the earth, allowing valuable nutrients and organic matter to absorb better. So keeping on digging little fella!