Wombat_sculptures.JPG (29313 bytes)Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus): Is a large Australian animal that may weigh up to 40 kilograms and reach a length of 1.2 metres. The fur is usually grey-brown to blackish. Limbs are short and powerful supporting strong claws. The head is broad with a squat muzzle and short ears.
The Common Wombat lives mainly underground and may have burrows that are up to 30 metres in length. The burrows may have several entrances, a system of tunnels with connecting passages and multiple sleeping chambers.
They are usually nocturnal and emerge at night to feed on grasses, mosses, roots and fungi. Common Wombats produce unusual cube-shaped droppings that are deposited on the top of rocks and fallen logs (see Waterfall Track).
Common Wombats have poor eyesight but have excellent hearing and sense of smell.
They are marsupials and the females have a rear opening pouch. The pouch protects young for up to 10 months. They are sexually mature at two years, giving birth to a single offspring about every two years. They have a life span of at least 15 years.
Common Wombats are found in eastern Australia from southern Queensland , through New South Wales , Victoria to South Australia and Tasmania .
There are two other, rarer species: The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus knefftii) and the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons).
The Wombat sculptures illustrated are in the Hammock Hill Nature Reserve near Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales .
The sculptures are play structures and were created by Neil Dickinson, a Canberra sculptor.