We Serve Wombats and the Community
As Australia’s largest Bare Nosed wombat sanctuary, we’re passionate about wombat welfare and community engagement. After all, a lot of furry creatures (wombats) depend on us for their survival. The work we do at Sleepy Burrows is varied – from nursing injured wombats to educating the broader public. An overview of the services we provide is outlined below.
Treatment of injured wombats
Sleepy Burrows treats and rehabilitates wombats that have suffered serious physical injuries. Many of these injuries are sustained in motor vehicle collisions. Sadly, some injuries are caused by acts of animal cruelty.
Adoption of orphaned wombat babies (joeys and pinkies)
It’s not unusual for a female wombat killed by a motor vehicle to have a joey (pinkie) in its pouch. If the joey is still alive, Sleepy Burrows begins the long process (usually 2-3 years) of nurturing and training the joey to survive on its own, with all the relevant bush skills necessary.
Treatment of wombats with mange
Many wombats in the wild are infected with mange – a deadly skin disease caused by the parasitic mite (Sarcoptes scabiei). Depending on the severity of the mange, treatment times and outcomes vary for the wombats, in the best interest of the wombats themselves.
Rehabilitation of orphaned pet wombats
Despite their cute, cuddly appearance, wombats are wild animals and it is illegal to keep a wombat as a pet. Sleepy Burrows puts considerable time and effort into rehabilitating “orphaned” pet wombats – a process that can take several years. Without the proper training, an “orphaned” pet wombat can’t survive in the wild.
As much as we adore them, wombats can sometimes cause problems for farmers, builders and home owners – not to mention government bodies. Sleepy Burrows has the authority and expertise to relocate wombats that have settled in the “wrong” area, such as under a house or in a dam wall. Given that wombats are highly territorial, relocating a wombat requires specialist skills, as well as identifying the reason for the wombat’s activities in the first place. If this is not taken into consideration, removing the wombat will not resolve the issue for various reasons. Wombat proofing can be constructed in certain circumstances.
Subject to staff availability, members of the public can undertake an educational visit to Sleepy Burrows. Visitors to the sanctuary must be at least 16 years of age. Visits take place between noon and 2pm.
Depending on the current workload, Sleepy Burrows is sometimes available for media interviews, research projects and school visits. When it comes to saving Australia’s wombats, we welcome community engagement, however the wombats do come first.