Wombats are marsupials from
Australia. They resemble small bears in appearance, with a
thick and heavy body. They can be buff, grey, dark brown or
black. They are shy, timid and hide from site in the wild.
They do well in captivity . If annoyed, they may emit a
hissing growl. They may live up to 26 years or
more.Wombats live in burrows and are rapid, powerful
diggers. They sometimes construct a burrow longer than
At the end of the burrow they make a grass or bark nest.
They may come out to bathe in the sun. They eat mainly
grasses, roots, bark and fungi.There are three different
types of species: the bare nosed, the Southern and Northern
hairy-nosed are the the soft-furred wombats.
They are for the most part solitary but they may have
smallish social groups consisting of 5-10 wombats in the
nearby area. The numbers of wombats in the wild are very
low and some species are endangered. This is due to the land
use practices of people who have destroyed the wombat’s
habitat by cattle farming or trying to exterminate rabbits…..