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World Wombat Day

World Wombat Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment, adventure

                          Wombat grazing in Wilson's Promontory National Park, Australia (credit: Peter Dwyer)

Today is World Wombat Day in Australia. The day was designated to celebrate one of Australia's most iconic animals. There are many way to celebrate wombats including: visiting a zoo to learn about their conservation work; have kids create wombat drawings or projects at schools, and even baking cakes or cookies in the shape of the animals as a sweet reminder.

Wombats deserve to be a conservation symbol. Unfortunately, their populations are declining in Australia and one species is critically endangered. The nocturnal, slow moving animals are often killed crossing roads at night; they suffer from loss of natural habitat to development; and can become infected by the parasitic skin disease mange from which they can perish. Rescue organizations like Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary work to rehabilitate wounded wombats and return them to the wild.

Designating of a single day to appreciate an animal or plant can help raise awareness of their situation. An even better idea is to volunteer to help an environmental organization and assist their conservation efforts.

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