Wombats

Vombatidae

Wombats are the bulldozers of the Australian bush, equipped with a compact, stocky body, muscular limbs and strong claws for digging, a thickened bony plate in the rump for protection and a rear facing pouch to protect its young. Three species occur today, including the Northern and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats, both listed as threatened (Northern is Critically Endangered and Southern is Near Threatened on IUCN Red List), and the widely-distributed and more common Bare-nosed Wombat.

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