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Treating Wombats With Mange

Brochure about mangeAs native animals all wombats are protected under Australian law, and some species of wombats, like the Southern hairy-nosed wombat, are endangered in NSW.

Many wombats suffer from mange, which is caused when mites burrow under the wombat's skin. If left untreated mange can result in a slow, painful death. Symptoms can include fur loss, crusty and itchy skin, constant thirst and hunger, diminished vision and hearing. 

In many cases wombats with mange can be successfully treated. However, the topical treatment needs to be applied for an extended period of time, often using devices placed in front of burrows. 

WIRES Mid South Coast Branch is expanding WIRES Free Wombat Mange Treatment Program in the Eurobodalla Shire. If you are in that area and have wombats suffering with mange on your property please email support@wires.org.au to arrange a visit from the Local Program Coordinator.

If you are a landowner in NSW, WIRES volunteers may be able to manage any mange treatment needed for wombats on your property. 

If you see a wombat potentially suffering from mange, please contact your local wildlife organisation to organise an assessment. To report a wombat to WIRES for assessment, or if you find a sick, injured or orphaned wombat, please call WIRES Rescue Office on 1300 094 737 or fill in our Rescue Form

WIRES will follow the process below for mange cases reported:

  1. WIRES Rescue Office will collect all the details from you when you call about how many wombats may be affected, their current health and location details
  2. WIRES Rescue Team will alert WIRES local branch and our local volunteers trained to treat mange will contact you to organise a time to visit the property
  3. WIRES volunteers will attend and assess the wombat(s) to confirm if they are affected by mange and to determine the appropriate course of action depending on the progression of the disease and age of the wombat(s)
  4. Where on-site treatment is required WIRES volunteers will be able to coordinate this over a number of weeks, and WIRES will cover the costs of treatment
  5. Landowners will be asked to keep an eye on the wombats longer-term, to help WIRES confirm the success of the treatment and to prompt future treatments if needed 

To find out more about mange you can read our brochure on wombat mange and to help fund WIRES mange treament program you can donate to WIRES Wombat Mange Appeal that helps fund essential equipment and medication, to enable us to treat more wombats with this horrendous disease.


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