Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Lasiorhinus latifrons

 

Quick Facts
Weight: 42 to 84 pounds
Wild diet: Green grasses, particularly fresh shoots, as well as roots, bark and fungi
Zoo Diet: High-fiber apple-flavored monkey chow, sweet potatoes, bananas, carrots, peanuts, hay, herbivore pellets, and leaf-eater biscuits
Distribution: Southern South Australia and southeastern Western Australia
Habitat: Arid to semi-arid savannah woodlands, grasslands, and extensive plains with low shrubs
Description

Wombats' soft fur is gray or brown with white around the nose. They have a thick, heavy body; small eyes; and a wide, flattened head. Their short, powerful legs have strong claws. Wombats' teeth are rootless and grow continuously. They also have a pouch that opens to the rear (uncommon, but not unique to wombats).

Status in the Wild

Listed as Near Threatened by IUCN

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