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Threatened species

Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Lasiorhinus latifrons
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 08 Aug 1997
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A large, stout animal with grey or tan fur, pointed ears, powerful limbs and a square, furred muzzle.


Distribution has become fragmented and contracted in the last 200 years. Once regarded as common in south-western NSW but the current size of this population is unknown.

Habitat and ecology

  • Diet almost entirely restricted to grasses.
  • Habitat is semi-arid grasslands and open woodlands. Wombats are able to obtain their water requirements from food, rain or dew.
  • Requires a minimum of two or three consecutive years of good rainfall for young to be produced and weaned.
  • Warrens, used by 5 to 10 individuals, are confined to soils with sufficient structural strength. The burrows provide a humid resting place during the day. Forages close to the warren.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Darling Riverine PlainsGreat Darling Anabranch Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
RiverinaMurray Scroll Belt Predicted None