Why is the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat Endangered?
Sadly, the Hairy-Nosed Wombat is one of the most critically endangered species in the world In fact, there are more Giant Pandas and Sumatran Tigers left on the planet than the Hairy-Nosed Wombat. The burrowing mammals were once located all across Eastern Australia (NSW, VIC, QLD), but now they’re only found in a couple of locations in QLD.
So, why have we seen such a decline in their population? Well, there are a few key reasons.
Competition for food is a big one, especially with the massive growth of cattle and sheep grazing. We also know that droughts and bushfires have played a big factor in their demise, as well as predation by dingoes. As their population dwindles, they’re also at risk of more disease and the impacts of inbreeding.