World Wombat Day - October 22nd 2016
Our generous visitors helped us raise $550 for Safe Haven
World Wombat Day was first started in 2005 as the unofficial celebration of all things Wombat! With wombats being so close to us all here at Caversham Wildlife Park, we can't not do something to celebrate one our most iconic animals.
There are so many organizations across the country dedicated in some way to the conservation of wombats that picking an organization to fundraise for during the month of October was difficult.
Of the worlds 3 wombat species, the Northern Hairy-nosed is the most Endangered being classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. The IUCN states that there are currently only 115 adult Northern's left in the world and to make matters worse they are all found within a 500 hectare area of a single National Park in central Queensland, the Epping Forest National Park.
One organization trying to prevent the worlds largest burrowing marsupial from becoming extinct is SAFE HAVEN; a non for profit organization in Queensland that currently houses a breeding population of Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats that are being studied to better understand the breeding behaviors and captive management of wombats.
With years of this research now undertaken the next stage is ready to begin.
This very ambitious stage is to bring wild Northern's to SAFE HAVEN in a world first breeding program for the species. The Queensland community have gotten behind the team and the enclosures have been built with many hours of time and materials donated to this great cause but there is still plenty of work to do before the program is fully underway.
You can learn more about SAFE HAVEN and their inspiring work here: