Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat

Lasiorhinus krefftii

Background Information

The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is the rarest Australian marsupial, and the world's rarest large mammal. It is found in Queensland, Australia.


-flat, semi-arid grasslands or woodlands.

-harsh and hot climate

-Prefer sandy soils to burrow in


-Main food is native grasses (black speargrass, bottle washer grasses, golden beard grass, and three-awned grass) plus introduced buffel grass.

-Do not drink much and get moisture from food.

-Low metabolism rate


-40 inches tall , with a tail of 2 inches.

-55 to 80 lbs.

Threats and Causes

The northern hairy nosed wombat population only totals (approx.) 113. Due to the small population, some threats and causes of endangerment are:

Low Population



Dingo Predation


Also the introduction of non-native grasses has become a threat because it is not easy for wombats to travel through other grasses.

Conservation Efforts

Recovery plan for the Northern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus krefftii 2004–2008.

-Communication and community involvement; increasing the current population’ establishing other wild populations within its historic range and cooperating with zoos to establish a captive husbandry program.

Volunteer Caretakers

DNA Identification of Wombat Hairs

It really just needs time to help build up a bigger population.