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We love wombats!
Our guests love wombats too! You can go and discover their borrows and learn all about them whilst staying with us. They live on our property and around beautiful Kangaroo Valley where we recommend great places to see them in their natural surroundings.
Crystal Creek Meadows also actively supports wombat conservation, as this animal is under threat due to road kill by cars, deliberate attack by humans and mange (a disease spread by foxes entering burrows, and caused by mite infestation under the skin) and reduced habitat due to development . The local wombat population is severely under stress and depleting in numbers because of all these problems.
What can we do?
Crystal Creek Meadows has established a special conservation programme, working through the Wombat Protection Society of Australia, to support Kangaroo Valley’s Wisdom Wombat Refuge. Orphaned baby wombats (joeys) that we have rescued, left abandoned on the road side inside their dead mothers pouches, we pass to Wisdom Wombat Refuge, and with our financial support these are cared for until they can be released back into the wild. You can see "Crystal" and Issy" on this page, two joeys we have rescued and sponsored to help towards their care and rehabilitation.
We also support the refuge’s owners Lyn and Paul Obern with funding, to care for the injured, sick and baby wombats they have in care, found in the pouches of their dead mothers on the road side.As our property has plenty of good native grass we also collect some grass through the week and help supply the refuge towards the large amount they need to grow. Wombats like fresh native grass...and eat lots of it!
What guests can do
- Guests can make donations to help care for the wombats during their stay.
- You can sponsor your own wombat that is currently in care and see how its growing
- While driving in the region take care at dawn and night to travel slowly.
- If you find an injured wombat or a dead female (check its pouch to see if it has a baby) and call Wildlife Rescue South Coast on 0418 427 214
Wombat Conservation in Kangaroo Valley
We believe wombat numbers are under threat because of the high level of road kill. Many of the dead wombats are females, that carry their joeys in the pouch for 9 months, and then continue to feed them for a further 9 months, this is the longest marsupial mother/joey relationship, and because of this long period (up to 2 years) population numbers can easily decline.
The Wisdom Wombat Refuge is a dedicated sanctuary which protects and cares for injured adults and orphaned wombat joeys. They have in care at this time, 14 joey wombats, (this figure can increase if more orphans are brought into care). This care involves bottle feeding each joey sometimes every 2-3 hours per day/night with up to eight feeds per day, when unfurred. So it is a lot of hard work and dedication.
Rehabilitating Baby Wombats
- Looking after baby wombats can take up to a 2 year period which involves:buddying up similar sizes for the orphans to grow up with, to facilitate wombat behaviour/company
- Changing compound size and structure as they grow up and their needs change
- Regular worming, tick checking and medication/vet visits
- Caring which moves from intensive ‘mother’s love’ to less tactile observation in preparation to releasing into the wild.
- Finding suitable new locations for a safe release, and be introduced into a new environment
- Checking the area prior to release, and finally releasing and monitoring their initial settling in to a new area/burrow.This is all done voluntarily, so our help and funds collected from guests is invaluable.
Danger areas in Kangaroo Valley NSW
Wombats historically do not have any animal predators in Kangaroo Valley, only humans, so they do not have any road sense or awareness of any dangers regarding road traffic. They also follow the same well trodden pathways to cross the road, which means we need to take notice of where they have previously been hit.
High road kill areas to take particularly care of when visiting Kangaroo Valley are: Upper River road, Bendeela Road, Mt Scanzi and Tallowa Dam Rd, Berry Mountain and the main Moss vale Road, in particular Barrengarry Mountain and opposite the tennis courts and the reserve opposite Cullen Crescent in Kangaroo Valley Village.
Remember to take care at night, look at the sides of the road and drive slowly.Areas where there is a high level of mange: Wattamolla, Berry Mountain, Mt Scanzi. Please tell us if you have seen any wombats with depleted fur, scabs on the body eyes and ears, slow responses, out eating during the day- all these symptoms often relate to a sick manged wombat. If this disease is not too far along, this is treatable to a full recovery, so reporting any concerns may save its life.
Please note we do not encourage our guests to touch wombats or feed them. They prefer to be private animals who are perfectly happy to munch on grass, so we let them do just that!