To help us gauge the health and behaviour of wombats, we use motion sensitive cameras to monitor several warrens for activity. These cameras are triggered by animal motion and then record a fixed length period of video or take one or more still photographs.

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Wombat active at dusk.

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Wombat staring at the “black light” infra-red camera illumination. Invisible to humans, it is suspected that wombats (and other animals) can see this light.

The cameras have proved very useful sources of information on burrow usage and social behaviour of the wombats. Some of the cameras are positioned to monitor usage of “wombat gates” that permit wombat traffic into a trial re-grassing area while excluding other grazing animals (rabbits, kangaroos and goats). The cameras have also been useful in recording the presence and frequency of feral pest animals (foxes, cats, rabbits and hares).

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A large feral cat on the prowl. While not a direct threat to wombats, feral cats kill many native birds, lizards and small marsupials.

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A feral fox inspecting a wombat burrow. Disused wombat burrows make ideal shelters for foxes, hares and rabbits.

Some more of the wildlife captured by the cameras:

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Red Kangaroo. The green vegetation is predominantly introduced Wards Weed.

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Emus

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Magpie

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A feral fox late afternoon. Several wombats can also be seen in the distance.

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Feral hare

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A wombat out and about late afternoon.

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A curious kangaroo!