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Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Status: Critical
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Lasiorhinus krefftii
Date Listed as Endangered: December 2, 1970

Also known as Lasiorhinus krefftii, this species is often found in Queensland but it is believed that there are around 65 of them found in other parts of Australia.

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is considered the most endangered marsupial in Australia and one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

Wombats often grow stocky, they have thick and heavily built with powerful forearms. Their normal length is about 90 cm (35 inches) their normal weight is about 40 kg (88 lbs) making them the largest burrowing animals in the world. They have soft and silky coats with brown colour. They have a good sense of smell but poor eyesight.

The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Wombats prefer to feed at night and they eat herbs and grasses. Breeding is perfectly done during spring and summer. Young wombats stays in their mother's pouch for a period of six months.

A recovery plan for this species has been established to protect its population. It is a long-term plan to establish a network of populations for the future. | Resources | Privacy | Disclaimer
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