Wombat Rescue Tasmania Inc. is a grassroots, self-funded community group treating hundreds of wild wombats affected by sarcoptic mange Tasmania wide. We are dedicated to treating and preventing wombat mange because if left untreated, the wombats suffer from a protracted death through secondary infections.
Wombat Rescue Tasmania Inc. is a registered not-for-profit charity. All donations over $2 are tax deductible
Wombats Need Our Help!
Wombats in Tasmania are suffering from mange, and while it goes untreated, they are literally scratching themselves to death.
OUR VOLUNTEERS do not want to see wombats suffering.
Wombat Rescue Tasmania Inc. is a registered not-for-profit charity. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
To treat wild wombats suffering from
mange provide grassroots education
and training and collaborate with the
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HOW TO TELL IF A WOMBAT HAS MANGE
Wombats with mange are usually seen out in the daytime (Note that wombats in cooler areas, such as Cradle Mountain, are also out in the daytime, but that does not mean that they have mange). Mangy wombats are often seen in a culvert or near a water source as the infestation causes them to become very thirsty and they have to constantly graze to compensate for the loss of body heat.
Mangy wombats often have a white ring around their eyes, and appear to have stripes on their sides where crusty scabs form, and the hair falls out. The only hair left is often along the centre of the back, making the wombats look as if it has a Mohawk. Scabs are often seen on the legs and ears as well. Generally the body condition of a mangy wombat looks very poor and emaciated.
Wombats that have been attacked by other wombats, typically, have wounds on top of their backs, and necks. Wounds on these parts of a wombat do not indicate mange. That’s why a photo is very useful to determine the course of treatment applicable.
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WHAT IS MANGE?
Sarcoptes Scabiei (wombat specific variant) is a microscopic parasitic mite that causes scabies in humans and mange in dogs. It is not a naturally occurring parasite, and is believed to have come here with the first settlers and their livestock. It severely affects wombats and currently poses the biggest threat to their survival. Once contracted, it is a terminal diagnosis for an individual wombat unless treated.
The mite burrows under the skin and tunnels into the hair follicles, resulting in severe itching, hair loss, thick scabs and an emaciated condition. Mites block the wombat’s eyes and ears, so that it can lose its sight and hearing. Wombats in this condition have a hard time getting enough nutrients; they become very thirsty and lose body heat. Eventually, the hard plaques crack open exposing raw sores which can become fly-blown, and secondary infections severely compromise the wombat, leading to an agonising death.