A MOUNT Larcom animal sanctuary will be the first in Australia to home northern hairy nosed wombats for captivity and husbandry research.

In six weeks Safe Haven Australian Animals Care and Education will have a facility built to home the wombats.

It's the latest move to help protect the endangered species.

Safe Haven founder Tina Janssen said the new facility would determine what conditions the animal needed in captivity.

Ms Janssen said that in a case of a wide-spread natural disaster that affected its habitat, the research would come in handy. 

Safe Haven Australian Animal Care and Education is building a new facility to home northern hairy nosed wombat for a captivity research project.
Safe Haven Australian Animal Care and Education is building a new facility to home northern hairy nosed wombat for a captivity research project.

 

For the past 10 years, Ms Janssen has worked with University of Queensland to breed southern hairy nosed wombats.

Her goal, however, was always to find out more about the northern species.

"In the event that there might be a need in the future to bring these animals into captivity, for example if there is a large natural disaster like a flood or a wild fire, we'll be on the forward foot."

It is estimated the species has a population of just 200. There is a community found in the Epping Forest National Park and another in Richard Underwood Nature Refuge near St George.

"I feel comfortable that we do have enough knowledge about these animals that it will run smoothly," she said.

"We'll be able to study their behaviours in a captive environment and their preferences for soil and vegetation types.

"I made it my goal right from the start to understand these animals.

"It's exciting times, I haven't had a lot of time to think about it because we've been so busy but it's very good."

Safe Haven is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely on grants and donations. To volunteer or donate see the Facebook page Save Haven - AACE .



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