In schools and workplaces across Australia and the world, people wear whiskers for wildlife to shine the spotlight on endangered species.
The Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is the flagship species for Hairy-Nosed Day.

 

In 2016, we thank Servcorp for their generous support.

 

Award-winning children’s author and The Wombat Foundation director,
Jackie French,  also supports Hairy-Nosed Day.

Hairy-Nosed Day:

Every year on May 11th,
The Wombat Foundation holds Hairy-Nosed Day

2016 PHOTO COMPETITION!

Please upload a photo of yourself Wearing Whiskers for Wildlife on our Facebook page!

The best photo will receive a FREE, signed copy of Jackie's book,
"The Hairy-nosed Wombats Find a New Home".

The photo competition will close the day after Hairy Nosed Day.

GET INVOLVED!

CREATE:

Create your very own ‘Hairy Nose’ using this template.

  • Cut a piece of an egg-carton or furry fabric, use double sided tape or blue tack to allow attachment to face.
  • Use pipe-cleaners, vanilla beans etc for whiskers, which can be poked through the cardboard.
  • Or, draw whiskers on using eyebrow pencil.
    (Beware indelible pens or the wearer may be wearing wombat whiskers for weeks!)

DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE

COOK:

Jackie’s famous Hairy-Nosed truffle recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100 gm dark chocolate
  • 2 tb cream or coconut cream
  • 2 tb butter or margarine
  • 1 3/4 cups icing sugar (not icing mixture)
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 pk slivered almonds
  • 4 strips of licorice or other whiskers to taste,
    cut into thin 10 cm strips
  • Optional extra: 3 tb of rum for adults only hairy noses;  half cup chopped glace fruit for rich fruit truffles.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place chocolate and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. take it out and press-it should be just melted but hold its shape.
(If you overcook it will turn gritty and horrible).
If not melted try another 20 seconds.

Stir in icing sugar and almonds and rum or glace fruit if you choose to use them. Roll onto balls, and roll each ball in cocoa.

Place the balls on a tray. Add two slivered almonds side by side for the giant nostrils, with whiskers on each side.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Makes about 20 small or 15 large hairy noses.

These are gluten free, and by using coconut cream and dairy free margerine, they can also be vegan.

DOWNLOAD THE RECIPE

HOLD A fundraising EVENT:

At your school or workplace on Hairy-Nosed Day!

Ideas for Gold-Coin fundraising in the workplace:

  • Organize a “Make a Hairy Nose” competition.
    (Take a photo and send it to us.)
  • Charge work colleagues double for not wearing a Hairy Nose
  • Have a morning or afternoon tea, or an after work function.
  • Contact your local wildlife rescue group and get someone to come and give a talk on Wombats at lunchtime.
  • Bring a soft toy wombat to work and have a “guess the name” competition with a box of chocs for the winner.
  • Have a competition to come up with the “Best name for a wombat”.
  • Organise a competition between teams at your workplace. Get each team to choose an endangered Australian species for a team name. Get each team to write a limerick or a poem. The boss can decide which team wins! You can send the limericks or poems to us. If they are suitable for general readership, we may publish them on our website.

A little bit more money or effort involved:

  • Buy some Chocolate Wombats at Easter, put them in a cellophane covered basket and have an auction of tender for “a basket of wombats”.
  • Buy some Chocolate Wombats at Easter and hold a “Champagne and Wombats" after work function, where everyone gets a glass or two of champagne and a chocolate wombat.
  • The same idea can be applied a little more cheaply with “Furry Friends” chocolates (available all year at supermarkets).
  • Plan a large dinner/cocktail function. We may be able to supply a “Drawcard speaker” on wombats. Contact us.

DOWNLOAD LIST

Buy a signed copy of Jackie’s book, “The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home” through The Wombat Foundation. Jackie has kindly offered royalties from sales to The Wombat Foundation and get someone to come and give a talk on Wombats at lunchtime.

She will not receive proceeds or other benefits from sales of the book by The Wombat Foundation.

BUY A SIGNED COPY:

“The Hairy-Nosed Wombats
Find a New Home”

BUY A SIGNED COPY NOW

SEND PHOTOS:

Send photos of you and your classmates
or co-workers!

Send photos of you and your classmates in your ‘Hairy Noses’ to The Wombat Foundation.

SEND YOUR PICTURE

Activities & Resources for teachers

Increase knowledge of the three species of wombats. The activities are in line with curriculum goals for 8-12 year olds across Australia.

DOWNLOAD WOMBAT STORY ACTIVITY

Colouring Wombat Range Activity

DOWNLOAD MAY 11TH POSTER A4

Name-your-Wombat Activity

DOWNLOAD WOMBAT WORD SEARCH

DOWNLOAD WORD SEARCH ANSWERS

CLICK HERE TO FIND MORE RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:

WombatResources.com

HELP US!

We cannot go it alone. Your support is vital if we are to bring the Northern hairy-nosed wombat back from the brink of extinction.