Healesville Sanctuary

Wombat

This sturdy and mostly solitary animal is enthusiastically sought out by many visitors to Healesville Sanctuary. 

Common Wombats are classed as ‘least concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’). Although the species is not considered to be vulnerable, most Australians are aware of the risks to individual animals posed by feral dogs and road vehicles. Wombats are among the more than 2,000 sick and injured native animals treated each year at the Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre.

Meeting the wombats at Healesville Sanctuary is an important way to connect with the animals of Australia, and to learn about the Sanctuary’s conservation programs, especially those aimed at conserving threatened native species. The money you spend helps to support the Sanctuary’s conservation programs and its care of native wildlife, as well as fight species extinction. 

The Common Wombat is native to Australia and is found in small sections of southeast tip of Queensland, eastern New South Wales, eastern and southern Victoria, and southeast South Australia. They are common throughout Tasmania and also on Flinders Island in Bass Strait.

The head of the Common Wombat is more rounded than that of the hairy-nosed species. The short ears are triangular and slightly rounded. The nose is large, shiny black and furless. 

Their fur is coarser, thicker and longer than that of the Hairy-nosed Wombats, better suited to a colder, wetter habitat. Fur colour varies from sandy to brownish black or even grey, sometimes flecked.

Wombats have short legs, and the second and third toes of the hind feet are fused, with a double claw used in grooming. Wombats are solid and stocky, with short legs and tail. Their front legs and shoulders are powerful. Their front feet are large, with bear-like long claws. They use their front legs for digging burrows. The dirt is pushed to one side and the wombat backs out, moving loose dirt with front or back paws.

News
Wombat joey

Wombat joey needs a name

Healesville Sanctuary has admitted 70 patients in the past three weeks, heralding the start of a busy spring.  And this little wombat is just one of many orphaned animals Keeper Amie Hindson and staff are caring for around the clock.

23 September 2014
Amie and Wombat

Wombat joey settling in at the Sanctuary

In this month’s animal profile we meet the most recent addition to the wombat family at Healesville Sanctuary.

The baby girl is yet to be named, but visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite name at the Sanctuary during the upcoming school holidays.

11 September 2014
Encounters
Wombat

Wombat Pat and Play

In this personal encounter you will have the opportunity to meet these incredible native Australian animals and learn more fun facts about them from our passionate staff. Head into the wombat exhibit where you will have the chance to touch, pat and pose for a photo together.