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Old March 4 2014, 11:46 PM   #10
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Re: 2014 Animal conservation thread

THE NORTHERN HAIRY NOSED WOMBAT.

of the three species of wombat this is, by far, the rarest.

Its original range was across regions of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, but it's natural habitat is now restricted to a 3 km squared range within the Epping Forest National Park in Queensland. Its numbers dropped to less than100 individuals due to habitat destruction and predation by dingos and foxes. In 2000 a 25 km long, 2 meter high fence was erected around the range to keep its predators out. By 2003 the popultion had rose to 113 and 163 in 2010. In 2008 some of the population was transferred to the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge andthis 2nd population is also surrounded a predator-proof fence.
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