Save a life – report mange!

If you know the whereabouts of a mange-infested wombat, it needs your help!

We advocate treatment before euthanasia. If mange has not advanced to a secondary infection, and we can find its burrow, then there is a good chance that we can save it.

So that we can help the wombat as quickly as possible, we need a few things from you:

Get a photo of the wombat. This can help us with an initial assessment to see if it is mange or a wound. Please make sure it is a clear as possible. Do not get too close to the wombat as they can be dangerous (even in their unwell state) or you may also cause them unnecessary stress.

Record the wombat’s location on your phone using Google Maps. If you don’t have google maps, please provide a detailed description of where you saw the wombat including road names, crossroads, road sign, landmarks, and/or the number on the closest telegraph pole.

Take note of the time of day. This helps us gain an understanding of the wombats’ daily habits and makes it easier for us to find them.

Contact us via phone call or Facebook ASAP. No matter where you are in Tasmania, one of our volunteers will assist.

When is “mange” not mange?

Quite often we receive reports of mange where a member of public as seen a wombat with cuts or scabs on its rump, but nowhere else.

Wombats often communicate by biting each other on the rump, so it is not uncommon to see some scars on their backside, which is typically not of concern.

What may be concerning, however, is cuts or wounds that are large, open, look painful, and may be higher on the back. This may be the result of a dog bite, or another animal attack.

If you do see this, please report this to us as well, and provide the same information as above.

We will make sure the wombat gets the help it needs.