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#11: Visiting the wombat rescue center

#11: Visiting the wombat rescue center

Wombats might be my new favorite Australian animal: soft, cuddly and incredibly cute. At the Wombat Fauna and Rescue in Ceduna, not only did I get to pet my first wombat–they’re usually nocturnal and live in secluded holes–but I got to hold the world’s only white wombat.

Christine Amorose with Polar, white wombat at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

The Wombat Fauna and Rescue is an incredible volunteer organization that takes in injured Australian animals and nurses them back to health. In addition to many baby and full-grown wombats, they have a gallah, an emu and many types of lizards. While I didn’t get to spend much time actually helping out, it was neat to interact with some Australian native wildlife that isn’t normally the country’s star attraction (and I luckily got to see plenty of Australian wildlife out in the wild!).

Polar, world's only white wombat at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

It’s basically a one-woman show: Lucia Franks bottle-feeds the babies, raises the funds and organizes the limited volunteers. All of the animals absolutely love her, and it’s incredible to see someone so passionate about saving animals. Many are hurt in automobile accidents, although it’s sad to find out that people often deliberately hurt wombats.

Emu at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

The emu lives in the front yard, and she actually cuddles you! Well, by you, I mean that she cuddles momma Lucia. Still super cute to see.

Emu at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

Watching an emu walk is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face: no wings (no arms!) gives them a funny little wiggle!

Black wombat feet at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

Wombat feet: aren’t those adorable?

Injured gallah at Wombat Fauna & Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia with Nullarbor Traveller

Gallah with a broken wing: even hurt, he’s still gorgeous.

Black wombat feet at Wombat Fauna and Rescue, Ceduna, South Australia

When I wrote my Australia bucket list, I had hoped to volunteer at the Koala Hospital in New South Wales. Instead, I went to Wombat Fauna and Rescue in Ceduna with the Nullarbor Traveller trip from Adelaide to Perth.

  • I have never seen a wombat! What an adorable creature!

  • omg that white wombat is SO CUTE! I would love to visit there next time I visit my family in WA. I’ve seen big wombats but never held them. What an experience! What a good woman and a good center. I am so happy there are animal lovers out there, helping these poor little critters.

  • Christine… these wombats are so cute!!!! I want to hold one of them!

  • I’ll be honest. I didn’t know what a wombat looked like until this post. They are so freakin’ cute! 🙂 

  • Awww! So adorable! 🙂

  • Awww I love wombats! Did you feel like you were Bindi Irwin? 😉

  • Oh my gosh I’m dying — soo cute!!

  • Anonymous

    They’re nocturnal and live in holes–usually a bit harder to capture in a photo!

  • Anonymous

    Such a worthy stop in South Australia–check it out!

  • Anonymous

    And you have no idea how soft they are!!!! So amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Haha they are nocturnal and live in holes–so a bit difficult to come across 🙂

  • Anonymous

    And super soft!

  • Anonymous

    Haha YES! I totally did!

  • Anonymous

    And SO soft! They’re adorable!

  • That wombat is BEYOND cute. Awww!

  • Anonymous

    And incredibly soft!!!