Wombat Mange Care

Wombats are an Australian native species. They are apart of the macropod family; a marsupial branch of species located in the vast country’s wildlife. Like other marsupial animals they have fallen ill recently.

The spread of this disease is  disastrous because it is targeting wombats. These macropods, particularly the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats,  are on conservation lists as endangered. As a vet student, a pillar I study under is sharing conservation methodology. Which is why I often write about God’s lovely creators on my blog.  Due to the endangerment of this species it is crucial to spread information on disease prevention and citizen residential support.

For most macropod animals vulnerability to the disease is much to blame for having weaker immune system. Unlike other macropods, wombat’s issues fall under the issue of mange. The mangy disease is attacking the small population of the 250 left in the wild.

Mange in basic jargon is when mites burrow into the skin. Thus evolving into itching, scabs, sores, and redness in the skin. Likewise, hair loss and crusty skin occur. After being infected with mange for a duration of a month the eyes and nose will crust over. An infection over a month will result in thicker scabbed skin resulting in death.

If a wombat is found by a resident and appears to exhibit these symptoms it is important to first enter the wombats information into WomSAT. Notably, WomSAT is an online citizen encounter report. After that information is logged be sure to contact an exotic veterinarian for care instructions or a local shelter.

If that isn’t available due to the location and vast outback of Australia take a holistic approach to healing the wombat. Utilize herbs and lotions that include valerian, aloe, chamomile, St John’s wort and kava. Particularly, bathing a wombat in aloe juice is the optimal choice. The aloe and chamomile offer a calming and anti-anxiety solution that doesn’t allow for disease progress and post care stress of the animal. Treatment should occur until the skin starts to heal. This can take a few months.

Wombats often suffer anxiety and stress. So, a normal treatment for mange will not work for wombats. These macropods will become stressed if given an antiparasitic steroid. Likewise, over the counter treatment for canine sarcoptic mange or didactic mange should not be applied. While, these medications might appeal to animal rehabilitators it can prevent the wombat’s immune system to warding off parasites in the future. In fact it makes them more susceptible to getting mange in the future.

Conservation of wombats, especially the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, is much-needed. Aiding these marsupial animals in the wake of disease is crucial. Due to their weak immune system it is vital to care for wombats in a holistic way and log their information. Contacting a shelter or veterinarian is optimal in this situation. Future hope for all macropod animals in the Australian wildlife scenery lies within proper research.

List of Popular Australian Wildlife Centers

Recently, several of Australia’s wildlife creatures have been struggling with a virus.  The majority of the species that have been infected are those that belong to the macropod family. These animals are typically marsupial animals. The main species that have been targeted are the Red and Grey Kangaroo’s; particularly the joeys.

The virus’ origin is still a mystery. Symptoms started to appear in late December 2017.  It has picked up gain in February 2018. The recent spike has also moved over to Wallabies, as well. Several of the observed joeys in sanctuaries or rescues have been reported to show flu-like symptoms. On a more sever side the kangaroo’s often revealed signs of massive internal hemorrhaging. Yet, no disease or detected bacteria is indicating what the mystery virus is.

On top of this detrimental virus there is now an increase in wild animal shootings. Along with that, unauthorized euthanasia are also occurring. Many locals don’t know what do to with the sick animals. So, they often take matters into their own hands.

Due to the lack of knowledge many result to termination of the macropods. All of wich can further harm an animal instead of relieving their pain. Several joeys have survived so-called “death blows”. When found by another the proper termination of that animal didn’t occur so the joey was further injured.

To avoid further sufferings of these sick animals I’ve listed some steps and organizations for one to reach out to. So, I have listed popular wildlife centers in Australia that can help further assist if you see an injured or sick animal.

  1. WIRES– Wires is Australia’s largest wildlife organization. They have over 27 branches across the country and our continually seeking the betterment of the nation’s animals. They offer a rescue line, report, and app. All of which can be utilized to help save an animal. To support or contact this organization call:  +1-300- 094 -737.
  2. Wildcare Australia– Is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of the area’s natural wildlife. It is located in South-east Queensland and has 24 contact available. Wildcare Australia’s aim to release healthy animals back into the wild and educate the public. To support of contact this organization call: +1-075-5527-2444.
  3. Wildlife Rescue At Australia’s Zoos–  Another way to secure the safety of a young animal is to contact your local zoo for wildlife support. Several of the zoos have an animal rescue team with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attached to the program. To support or contact a rescue unit call:  +1-300-369-652.
  4. Darling Range Wildlife Shelter: Is a volunteer based rehabilitation shelter. They have a 24 hour hotline. The purpose is to release animals back into the wild after rehabilitation. To support or contact this organization call: +1-08-9394-0885.

Also more information about macropods can be found under the animals & travel sections of my blog.

Animal Conservation

 

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s the exponential population boom in the 1900’s the worlds wildlife has been threatened. Many animals are facing extinction and increasing numbers are becoming endangered. To proctect all wildlife here are a list of ways everyone can contribute to helping animals and there ecosystems.

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  1. Assitst local or national wildlife associations
  2. Support Conservation Entreprenuers
  3. Support Anti-poaching legislature
  4. Utilize sustainable energy sources
  5. Promote globablized education
  6. Spread emails
  7. Share conservation efforts and stories
  8. Start a fundraiser
  9. Don’t engage in illegal exotic pet trade
  10. Support legislature against “bushmeat” or zoological animal meat trade
  11. Create a community project
  12. Volunteer with local wildlife shelters
  13. Read annual state or nation wildlife reports
  14. Attend awarness events
  15. Sponsor a species

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For more self education on conservation, animal legislature, and wildlife ecology be sure to check out WCN (https://wildnet.org/volunteer-opportunities) or GWC (https://www.globalwildlife.org/get-involved/).

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