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Research & Education

Projects We Support

 


Current People, Projects and Places Supported by the Society........

 

P.J. Nicholson Award.

 

This award, named in honor of the man who as a boy first studied wombats and their burrows by active research is now given to one of the Society's younger members who demonstrates similar enthusiasm. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote PJ Award.

 

Brynmawr.

 

Brynmawr an Environmental Education Centre that is aiming to develop a mobile wombat education program. A release site for orphans, Brynmawr is also constructing pre release wombatoriums. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Brynmawr. Dr.Phil Borchard. Dr. Borchard is available to undertake research for wombats. Research into mange and its impact on wombats, harm mitigation research involving fencing and farmers will assist wombats and donations to this project will assist cover costs. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Dr Phil.

 

Camera Action.

 

Movement and heat activate photography is a superb way of undertaking wombat research. It is non invasive and when managing a nocturnal animal is one of the few ways of really understanding behaviour. The Society sponsors members and others purchasing these cameras and collating their information. In 2010 rare footage of wombats mating and simultaneous burrow use by a male, female and her joey over 6 months was documented. Cameras are also employed to determine treatment efficacy in burrow flap mange treatment programs and to solve problem issues (wombats under buildings). To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Camera.

 

Wombat Rise Sanctuary.

 

Wombat Rise Sanctuary was setup in South Australia as a home for injured and orphaned native wildlife in 1984. Since then there has been a steady stream of orphaned and injured wombats cared for at Wombatrise. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Wombatrise.

 

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue.

 

Cedar Creek Wombat rescue is run by Roz and Kev Holme in the Hunter Valley region of NSW. While CCWR care for many native animal species they specialise in the care of Bare-Nosed Wombats, particularly those suffering from the debilitating infestation Sarcoptic Mange. CCWR carries out an extensive mange program, treating wild wombats in their own environment which helps to to minimise stress. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Cedar Creek.

 

Wombat Release Research.

 

Phd Georgeanna Story is monitoring the success of rehabilitated orphaned bare-nosed wombats when released into the wild. The activity, behaviour and stress of wombats will be measured to investigate factors that influence wombat survival. Donations will assist in sample analysis of this wombat research. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote ANU research.

 

Remote Census.

 

Georgeanna is also seeking assistance for a future project which aims to develop a census technique for monitoring Bare-Nosed Wombat populations. To date there is no reliable survey method available to measure wombat abundance. We will determine the population density of wombats at several sites using remote hair collection and genotyping. The genetic analysis of the hair will provide individual identification which can then be used to calculate density using mark-recapture analysis. The wombat abundance will then be used to test the ability of indices measurements, such as burrow abundance, burrow activity and scat deposition to accurately predict wombat abundance. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Georgeanna.

 

Majors Creek Wombat Sanctuary.

 

The Majors Creek wombat sanctuary cares for orphaned and injured wombats. One of the few Sanctuaries working with adult wombats many seriously injured wombats are cared for and rehabilitated . To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Majors Creek.

 

Mange Prevention Kits.

 

The Society continues to work with individual States and their rehabilitaters to expand and undertake the treatment and prevention of mange in wombats. Kits explaining how to find, assess and treat wombats are sent out by the Society and in conjunction with the “Camera Action” project, data is collected and collated by the Society. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote MPK.

 

Southern Cross Wildlife.

 

Dr Howard Ralph runs clinics for injured native animals and provides veterinary advice and support, he travels and teaches wildlife care and works extensively with wombats . Donations cover medicines/procedures and running costs. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote Southern Cross.

 

Please consider making a general donation to assist in the ongoing work of the Society. To nominate your donation be used for this project quote General.

 

If you have a special request or project involving wombats you would like to donate to or have recognised please contact us.

 

Donations can be made through this site or can be deposited directly into the Wombat Protection Society of Australia Public Fund. BSB 802 124. Account no 7751.

 

Donations can also be sent to:


WPSA
PO Box 6045
Quaama NSW 2550

 

All donations are signed and receipted on letterhead as they are paid into the Public Fund. Interim receipts bearing the Society stamp issued at field days /events or provided to regular donors are replaced with a tax receipt bearing the same number prior to the end of the financial year.

 

Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers.

 

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Bare-Nosed Wombat
Courtesy L Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

 



Bare-Nosed Wombat
Courtesy L Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The bones of a Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat
Courtesy L Dennis

 

 

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