The wildlife community rejoiced after a northern hairy-nosed wombat was born in Queensland. The baby wombat can be found at the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge at St. George. Currently, the wombat is considered to be an endangered specie.
ABC’s report states that many wildlife preservation communities celebrated as the northern hairy-nosed wombat population has increased. The current population of these wombats is just 240 and they’re being protected from predators in Epping Forest National Park. The new baby wombat taken to the St.George boosts its population to 11. Both the baby and its mother are reportedly doing well.
Even though the current population is still low, many preservationists note that it’s still a good sign for the wombats. Population recovery is possible if healthy baby wombats keep on being born. “This little joey is an important new arrival for the colony, and highlights that this refuge provides suitable conditions for successful breeding,” said Environment minister Steven Miles. “This is the first addition to the reintroduced colony of northern hairy-nosed wombats in five years, and it indicates the new male brought in last year is setting in well.” The wildlife officers have watched the mother wombat’s pregnancy for 10 months.
Everything wasn’t going too well for the wombats as their refuge almost got flooded and burnt in the previous years. Along with the refuge in Epping Forest National Park, a second refuge has now been made in St. George to keep these wombats safe.
Historically, the northern hairy-nosed wombats have been considered to be extinct up until 1930. A small group of 30 wombats was discovered in central Queensland. These animals are considered to be one of the rarest species in the world. Normally, endangered species have a lesser chance for genetic variety due to their lack of non-genetically related mating choices. Preservation groups actively work to prevent these endangered species from dooming themselves to death by birth defects.