The Wombat Foundation is the only organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation of the Northern hairy-nosed wombat.
We have no paid staff and our board of directors give their time freely which means that our administrative costs are extremely modest.
Since our inception in 2004, we have invested in research and recovery actions to conserve the Northern hairy-nosed wombat.
We work tirelessly to build the community’s awareness of the plight of the wombats and to encourage continued investment in conservation of the species.
We are listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations meaning that donations to The Wombat Foundation are tax deductible under Australian law.
Meet our Board
Suzy Nethercott-Watson moved to a rural property in the year 2000 which ignited a long held connection with the environment and wildlife. She has worked in Commonwealth water related infrastructure and science programs, and environmental policy, for a number of years with additional professional experience in other private and public sector organisations, logistics management, business startup and program management positions. Suzy is a wildlife carer specialising in raising ‘pinkies’ the smallest of the baby wombats, possums, wallabies and kangaroos.
Josey is an experienced animal welfare and conservation campaigner. Beginning her career with the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the UK, she amassed more than 20 years with IFAW working on issues ranging from protecting elephants from the ivory trade to rescuing penguins from oil spills and was instrumental in the high profile campaign to ban fox hunting. In 2012, seeking out a fresh challenge and more sunshine; she transferred to IFAW’s Sydney office to head up native wildlife campaigning in Oceania. She instantly fell in love with wombats and has supported the cause ever since, both on a personal and professional level.
Leanne is a Queenslander with a passion for wombats and for flourishing rural communities. She has supported Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat conservation for 20 years. Leanne was the brainchild of 2.5 m high and 3.5 m long William the Wombat: a statue now taking pride of place in the tiny town of Thallon in recognition of the town’s historic connection to the wombats.
Dr Julie Old is a wildlife biologist with a passion for conserving native wildlife, especially wombats. Her observations of bare-nosed wombats suffering from sarcoptic mange led her to develop the Citizen Science project, WomSAT, a project aimed at supporting wombat conservation. Through her academic position, and her position on the Board of the Wombat Foundation, Julie aims to enhance the profile of wombats, and their appreciation in the wider community, to ensure they remain for generations to come.
Jackie French is an author from the Araluen Valley, NSW. Her book “Diary of a Wombat” is a hit with the young – and the young at heart alike! Jackie has studied Bare-Nosed, or ‘common’, Wombats for 35 years, and until recently was a Foundation Director. Jackie now is the Wombat Foundation’s newest Ambassador, sharing the plight of the Northern hairy-nosed wombat whenever she can!
Visit Jackie’s site at www.jackiefrench.com