How we help:

We will continue to support conservation of the Northern hairy-nosed wombat until the wombats are able to live sustainably across their historic range.

All of our research and recovery actions are geared towards this vision.

We fund vital research in the field, including trialling new methods to control the incursion of introduced buffel grass into wombat habitat and understanding the impacts of the buffel grass on the wombats’ diet, behaviour and social interactions.

We fund vital recovery actions, including supporting the triannual DNA analysis of wombat hairs that helps us build up a profile of individual wombats at Epping Forest National Park and to track population demographics essential for conservation.

We represent the views of the community on the Northern hairy-nosed wombat Recovery Team convened by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The team oversees the development and review of the Recovery Plan that guides the conservation management of the species.

We build awareness of the plight of the species year-round by engaging with the community.


We reach out to school students on Hairy-Nosed Day annually and support a range of initiatives including The Brink initiative.

Help us fund projects

The Wombat Foundation has raised more than $200,000 to support the northern hairy-nosed wombat.


This has included:

  • The purchase of video monitoring systems to capture vital information on this elusive species.
  • An automatic weighing system to allow for non-invasive check-ups on the wombats.
  • DNA analysis of wombat hair collected from burrow entrances. The innovative 'hair census' provides critical information on genetic diversity and population dynamics.
  • Improved facilities for volunteer caretakers to perform their duties at Epping Forest National Park.
  • Vital scientific research into the Southern hairy-nosed wombat: the closest cousin of the Northern hairy-nosed wombat. The recovery plan for the Northern hairy-nosed wombat includes a goal to establish a captive population to safeguard the species against losses in the wild. Information gleaned from the Southern hairy-nosed wombat helps scientists prepare for a captive population of Northern hairy-nosed wombats.
  • The first Wombat Conference in 16 years, bringing together researchers and other wombat experts.
  • Funding research to understand the impact of introduced buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) on the diet and behaviour of the Northern hairy-nosed wombats living in Epping Forest National Park.
  • Funding 3D computer modelling of the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat to build scientific understanding of the species and better inform conservation activities.

Please see our Research page for our most recent project or Donate today!


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.