The Common Wombat is also known as the “Coarse-Haired” Wombat. It is one of the three species of wombats and the only one in the Vombatus genus.
The common wombat is widespread in the cooler and better watered parts of Southern and Eastern Australia, including Tasmania and in the mountainous districts as far as the North and South of Queensland, but its appearance declines in Western Victoria.
A Common Wombat in the Wild near Queanbeyan N.S.W. (Australia)
The Common Wombat can breed every 2 years and can produce a single joey (young) which leaves the backward facing pouch after 9-11 months. They weigh between 3.5-6.5 kilograms. The joey is weaned and trained at around 12-15 months of age and is independent by 18 months of age.
The Bass Strait sub-specie or the Vombatus ursinus ursinus is only found in Flinders Island, which is located in the North of Tasmania.
Common Wombat, population was estimated to be 4,000 in 1996 and is now listed to be vulnerable.