What do they look like? Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are large stocky marsupials reaching up to 30kg in weight. Wombats are the closest relative to the Koala and females of both species have a backward opening pouch. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is covered with soft and silky grey-brown fur.
Where do they live? Wombats live in burrows which often have an extensive underground tunnel system with more than one entrance. Living underground protects them from the harsh arid environment of South Australia and Western Australia where they live.
What do they eat? Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats predominantly feed on a variety of grasses.
Behaviour: Wombats are nocturnal animals which sleep all day and graze in the cooler temperatures of the night.
Reproduction: Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats give birth to a single young between September and December after a thirty day gestation period. Young leave the pouch after about 10 months.
Threats: Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats have suffered a significant population decline in recent decades due to habitat degradation from overgrazing.
Conservation Status: Common, limited.