The Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) is a rotund marsupial of the Vombatidae family. Wombats dig extensive burrow systems with rodent-like front teeth and powerful claws. One distinctive adaptation of wombats is their backwards-facing pouch. The advantage of a backwards-facing pouch is that whilst digging, the wombat does not transfer soil into its pouch and onto any young who may be residing within. Typically a female will give birth to a single baby, known as a joey, which will leave the pouch after approximately 10 months. Although mainly crepuscular (active around twilight) and nocturnal, wombats also venture out to feed on cool or overcast days. They are not commonly seen, but leave ample evidence of their passage, treating fences as minor inconveniences to bulldoze through or under, and leaving distinctive cubic faeces.
Two Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats call Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary home. They scurry out of their burrow each afternoon around 2.15pm to feast on a variety of vegetables and pellet mix.