The Wombat Foundation



The Wombat Foundation

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The Wombat Foundation is the only organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation of the Northern hairy-nosed wombat.

We have no paid staff and our board of directors give their time freely which means that our administrative costs are extremely modest.

Since our inception in 2004, we have invested in research and recovery actions to conserve the Northern hairy-nosed wombat.

We work tirelessly to build the community’s awareness of the plight of the wombats and to encourage continued investment in conservation of the species.

We want to see the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats living sustainably across their former range

All of our work is geared towards achieving this.

We fund research in the field so we can better understand the wombats and conserve them.
We fund conservation on the ground to give the wombats a fighting chance.
We inspire people to come together to save the wombats

We’ve seen great progress in recent years but we cannot go it alone.

Your support is vital if we are to bring the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat back from the brink of extinction.


There is much we are yet to learn about the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat so research in the field is vital.

Research to understand and address threats, including the impact of introduced buffel grass (Cenchrusciliaris) on the diet and behaviour of the wombats
The first, comprehensive picture of changes in genetic diversity over the last 120 years including genetic flow between the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat and the closely related Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat.
3D computer modelling of cranial anatomy of the different wombat species to assess whether environmental changes have impacted on anatomy over time and to inform conservation strategies.


Supporting the volunteer caretaker program run by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science
The innovative ‘hair census’ provides critical information on population dynamics via DNA analysis of wombat hair collected from burrow entrances.
Funding purchase of equipment and supplies
GIS mapping of vegetation communities across the wombats’ former range to help guide the search for new sites for the wombats


Hairy Nose Day to build our community of wombat lovers
Working with government and with landholders to address threats and to find additional sites for the wombats
Supporting communities with links to the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat to get involved

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Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location

New South Wales

Known address

GPO Box 2188
Sydney NSW 2001

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