Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Facts
- Most notably, the IUCN currently lists the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat as the 5th rarest animal on earth. This remarkable marsupial therefore holds the status of Critically Endangered.
- Also, historically, its range extended throughout New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland as recently as 100 years ago. Now, however, this rapidly vanishing marsupial currently exists only in two locations.
- In addition, this amazing creature also serves as the largest known herbivorous mammal that burrows.
- Finally, experts further estimate that only 90 individuals still exist, including fewer than 30 breeding females.
The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Physical Description
Firstly, a mature Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat occasionally reaches a length of 39 in (1 m) and weighs up to 77 pounds (35 kg). Although it does display sexual dimorphism, unlike most mammals the female of this species usually grows slightly larger than the male.
Similar to the two other known varieties of wombat, it has a short tail and a stocky body shape. In addition, its legs, while short, develop relatively strong.
The head develops large, and with pointed ears and tiny eyes. Its eyesight thus remains extremely poor. However, its highly developed sense of smell compensates for this.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Diprotodontia
- Family: Vombatidae
- Genus: Lasiorhinus
- Species: L. krefftii
Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Distribution, Habitat and Ecology
The remarkable Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat has an extremely restricted habitat range. Moreover, to the knowledge of experts, it currently only inhabits a 300 hectare (741 acres) portion of the Epping Forest National Park, in Queensland, Australia.
Furthermore, within the park, it inhabits either gum tree acacia woodlands or semi-arid sandy grasslands. There, it spends its days deep in its large burrow.
The creature also remains primarily nocturnal in nature, though it will occasionally sun itself outside its burrow during the day. These same burrows typically serve as home to 4 -5 individuals.
Finally, its diet consists principally of the various roots and coarse grasses found within the Park.