Of the three species of wombat, the southern hairy-nosed wombat is a slight bit smaller, a shorter muzzle that often has white hairs around the nose, and longer ears.
Any animal looking to make a meal of a wombat will find themselves up for a challenge. When a predator tries to grab a wombat while it is burrowing, the wombat uses the bony plate located on the back and towards the tail to deliver a blow. It is strong enough to break bone. Wombat claws are strong enough to dig through granite with little difficulty, making them a formidable defense mechanism. All four limbs are powerful, and the hind legs can deliver jarring blows.
Southern hairy-nosed wombats are found from southern New South Wales to south-eastern Western Australia (the Nullarbor Plain area).
At the Zoo, our wombats eat a mix of carrots, yam, pellets, and hay. In the wild however, their diet consists fully of grass.
Southern hairy nosed wombats are most often gray or brown, 2-3 feet in length, weigh from 40-70 pounds, and have a small tail that is between 1 and 2 inches. Because wombats spend a good portion of their time digging, the pouch opens towards the tail to ensure that dirt does not smother the joey. They have continuously growing teeth so that they can easily eat coarse grasses.