Wombat babies find new home in Caversham

Caversham Wildlife Park keepers with the new wombat babies. Picture: Caversham Wildlife Park.
Caversham Wildlife Park keepers with the new wombat babies. Picture: Caversham Wildlife Park.

FOUR baby wombats will be settling into their new home at Caversham Wildlife Park after arriving from Adelaide today.

The park has welcomed four orphaned Southern hairy nosed wombats, the biggest intake from the Wombat program founded by Manfred Heide.

The donation-run Wombat program coordinate carers for wombat road victims in South Australia since 1976.

Four wombats are settling into their new home. Picture: Caversham Wildlife Park.
Caversham Wildlife Park manager David Thorne said the park has had seven wombats from the program in the past 30 years.

“We’re taking four this time because we’re building the new enclosure for them,” he said.

“They’re still being bottle-fed, there are three girls and one boy.”

Picture: Caversham Wildlife Park.

Mr Thorne said they have 11 wombats at Caversham with the new additions, who will make appearances these school holidays.

“Having many wombats to bring out gives them more of a break,” he said.

Mr Thorne said the new wombats will take time to settle to their new surroundings and were likely to appear in sessions with a smaller crowd of visitors.

“We want them to get familiar with people slowly,” he said.

“We have four sections a day where people can meet and greet with our animals.”

Picture: Caversham Wildlife Park.

In addition to the donation for the Wombat program, Caversham Wildlife Park will also be holding a fundraiser for koalas.

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