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The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is one of three wombat species found in different regions of Australia. Their shiny fur and hairy snouts differ them from a the bare-nosed or Common Wombat who has thicker dense fur. They dig extensive burrow systems with their powerful claws to hide away from the heat of the day. Although they may not look fast paced, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat’s can reach a speeds of 40km an hour! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to three of these wombats. They can be seen either sleeping in their den burrow or adventuring out in their enclosure later in the day.
Female wombats have a backward facing pouch to prevent it filling up with dirt when digging burrows.
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southern and eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and in mountain districts as far north as the south of Queensland
Approx 15 years
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