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Common Wombat nosing around

February 22, 2011

A Common Wombat moves through its territory and triggers the remote camera into action. Among ground-dwelling animals wombats probably survived the fires better than most. Having deep, often extensive burrows, they could at least escape the flames and heat of the fires, though that may not have been enough to save them.

The Common Wombat is one of three remaining species of wombat. The Southern and Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats live in the arid zones of inland Australia and both species are threatened with extinction. In complete contrast, the Common Wombat, as its name implies, is common over much of its range (southern and eastern Australia & Tasmania) and is well-known to anyone living in these areas.

Wombats are amongst the first mammals to return to burnt forests, but then the challenge is finding food!

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