The Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

 In Fauna

Photography has definitely opened up my awareness to a diverse amount of things. I would not have otherwise managed to capture a frame of a wombat. I didn’t even know they exist before my interest in animal photography.

There are three extant species of wombats. This one here that I am fortunate to come across is a southern hairy nosed wombat.

Currently all wombats are protected by Australian laws. The northern hairy nosed wombat is one of the most endangered species of mammal in the world. There are no more than 113 individuals left in the wild.

Surprisingly, although they look clumsy, they can actually sprint short distances of up to 40 km/h. As you can imagine, it was quite hard for me to capture a decent frame of this guy.

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