Most of Australia’s wildlife is found nowhere else in the world . 87% of mammal species, 93% of reptiles, 94% of frogs and 45% of the bird species are found only in Australia. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is no exception.
This large, pudgy mammal is a marsupial, or pouched animal, found in Australia and on scattered islands nearby. It is solitary and nocturnal, which makes the wombat a rare sight for people in the wild. Adapted to digging, the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is a stout and robust animal with strong claws.