Wombat Appeal

by Conservation Volunteers Australia

Summary

The common wombat is the largest burrowing herbivorous mammal, and one of Australia's most endearing native animals. Unfortunately, in some areas of Tasmania, populations have been reduced by up to 90% by sarcoptic mange (skin mites). Affected wombats suffer considerably. Long-term success for treatment in the wild is currently low because the mite lives in burrows and on other animals. The problem needs to be managed long term, at a population level, through surveys and practical actions.

$40,000
total goal
$32,209
remaining
114
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years

Challenge

In some areas of Tasmania, wombat populations have fallen by up to 90% due to sarcoptic mange, a mite that leads to skin lesions, blindness and death. Little monitoring has been undertaken and the prevalence of mange at a population scale is poorly documented. This means there is not enough research to guide conservation management for the species.

Solution

We'll carry out wombat surveys across Tasmania, to gain a better understanding at a population level. Volunteers will also collect samples of scats (droppings) for analysis to determine if DNA has any impact on wombats' susceptibility to mange. While we're out monitoring, researchers are trialing a new treatment to provide effective treatment for up to 3 months with a single dose. When the trials are complete, we'll be getting teams of volunteers out to help treat mange-affected wombats.

Long-Term Impact

To date, much of the focus on mange management has been at an individual level - this project will allow managers to develop long-term management actions at a population scale. We're partnering with the University of Tasmania and Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment for this project, and we will be involving our dedicated and generous teams of community volunteers in our activities.

Resources

http:/​/​www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
Read about wombats in Tasmania
Wombat mange - the problem

Organization Information

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Location: Mount Pleasant, Victoria - Australia
Website: http:/​/​www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
Project Leader:
Madeline Townsend
Mount Pleasant, Victoria Australia
$7,791 raised of $40,000 goal
 
135 donations
$32,209 to go
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