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The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is the flagship species for Hairy Nose Day - on May 11 each year. The Wombat Foundation - Saving the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat. Help us build a future for wombats & show that it is possible to save the world's critically endangered species.



For years, hard working volunteer caretakers at Epping Forest National Park have shared stories of the antics of Dunny Wombat: the wombat whose burrow may be viewed from the outback toilet close to camp.


This Hairy Nose Day, May 11, 2022, we say thank to the wombat caretakers, researchers and all those who support The Wombat Foundation and are 'wearing their whiskers for wildlife' on HND!

We also wanted send a special thank you to the Clermont Wombat Festival - a festival celebrating the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat which is a Clermont Artslink community event. Thank to the volunteers and organisers for all their fantastic work in fundraising for the species this year - find out more about the festival here .

Be sure to read the first chapter in The Life of Dunny Wombat by Jackie French.

Read our full blog post on Hairy Nosed Day 2020 and download the first chapter of Dunny Wombat here! 

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Join us as we share the story of the wombats this Hairy Nose Day and work to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

Dunny Wombat

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Other ways to help us celebrate Hairy Nosed Day!

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At your school or workplace on Hairy-Nosed Day!


  • 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.


  • 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.

Hairy Nosed Day Mask


Jackie’s famous Hairy-Nosed truffle recipe!


  • 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.


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 margarine, they can also be vegan.

download Recipe

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.

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.