Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii)
The northern hairy-nosed wombat, also known as the yaminon, is one of three species of wombats. It is one of the rarest large mammals in the world and is critically endangered. Its historical range extended across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland as recently as 100 years ago, but it is now restricted to one place, a 3 km² range within the 32 km² Epping Forest National Park in Queensland. In 2003 the total population consisted of 113 individuals, including only around 30 breeding females.
The northern hairy-nosed wombat is nocturnal, and has been known to share burrows. Its diet is made up of coarse grass and various types of roots. Its habitat has become infested with African buffel grass, which out-competes the native grasses the Yaminon prefers to feed on. One young is born, often during the wet season. It stays in the pouch for 6-9 months, leaving its mother after a year…
(read more: Wikipedia) (painting by Ego Guiotto)
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