Southern Wombat population

Scientists and wildlife carers are urging drivers to watch for wombats on the Nullarbor Plain this summer as populations of the furry marsupial boom.

Key points:

  • Wombat numbers are booming across the Nullarbor
  • Scientists say the population is recovering from recent drought
  • Wildlife carers are urging drivers to watch out for the animals

A recent University of Adelaide survey found southern hairy-nosed wombat numbers were sky-high, with up to 200 animals per square kilometre in some parts of the desert.

It comes after populations were decimated by drought between 2017 and 2019.

Researcher Mike Swinbourne said he was pleased to see wombats recovering.

“Since the drought’s broken, conditions on the Nullarbor have been pretty good, grass is growing, there’s been a bit of rainfall, a bit of water around,” he said.

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