Wombats in Australia & others

St.Patric Church in Melbourne


I stopped in this wildlife park on my way to the other place on Phillip Island to see little penguins at night.
It looked as if it were a wombat pasture, because about ten wombats were together in one large enclosure.
To my surprise, all of them were awake. Maybe it was near mealtime.

(I wish I could have entered the enclosure!)

In the evening, as soon as the keeper brought on buckets of food like pellets and scattered them, the wombats got together and began to eat them.
A little later, wallabies joined them and ate the pellets, too.

It seemed that each wombat had his(her) own burrow in the large enclosure.

There were four very gentle wombats whom anyone could touch freely.

One of the two wombats who was eating food with heart and soul in the 'hut on stilts' one meter high

One of the two wombats who was eating food on the ground where the visitors were walking. He(She) kept on eating unemotionally even when they came near and touched him(her)

I also touched the wombat and made sure that its backside was solid.

(Two wombats were walking around freely in this wildlife park.)

The wombat joeys in the small town called Grandville

I was greatly touched with seeing and touching baby wombats.
Two joeys were kept in a small shop on my way to Phillip Island Wildlife Park..
They were in the same indoors enclosure with some rabbits.

"I'm eating a carrot."

A sign of "Don't pick up"was posted.
I could touch the joey when he(she) came near the low fence.
The joey's fur was softer than the one of the adult wombat.
* It was fun to see a wombat eat a carrot for the first time.
I found that they ate it from one side to the other. It looked like the human's way of eating corn.
That is, the carrot was not getting shorter but was getting thinner as they ate it.

 "I'm sleeping."

He(she) went to sleep after digging the straw on the floor.
It looked as if he(she) were digging the soil.

All-you-can-possibly-touch when they came close!

*You can touch them when they came close as the fence was low.

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney (2000.1.11)

An hour's ride from the centrally-located station of Sydney will take you to Blacktown.
After getting off the train, it'll take you about fifteen minutes by bus.

Five or six common wombats were all sleeping.
They were just nocturnal!
I could see only a Southern Hairy-nosed wombat walk for a short time.

I liked the signboard "WE BITE"

The signboard was posted as a warning for the animals who might bite.
Wombats are good at biting!

A wombat was sleeping in the wooden burrow behind the "WE BITE"


He(She) seemed to get up....., but he fell asleep.


This Southern Hairy-nosed wombat moved for a short time.

I could photograph the little penguins here though photography was prohibited in Phillip Island.