The Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is Queensland’s most endangered marsupial with a population of approximately 200 known individuals. By studying the closely related Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, AACE contributes to gathering fundamental biological knowledge to aid in developing advanced breeding technologies that can be used to establish self-sustaining captive populations of both species.
In 2009 a captive breeding and research centre for Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats was established by AACE in partnership with the University of Queensland. This centre provides healthy animals for captive management and breeding to contribute to the recovery of the critically endangered Northern Hairy-nosed wombat
This project was facillitated by Tracey Smith and Gaetane Chiffoleau on behalf of Australian Animals Care and Education Inc.
The Wombat Factor Exhibition was a culmination of artwork produced by local artists who attended a wildlife immersion weekend with Australian Animals Care and Education Inc (AACE) in March 2012.
The immersion weekend included spending time observing and learning about the wombats, bridled nail tail wallabies, and other native fauna. Following the weekend, participating artists produced a series of art pieces based on their observations and experiences.
These artworks were showcased at Community Arts on Goondoon, and at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, before being sold at auction during Ecofest, to raise much needed funds for AACE.
The Wombat Factor, held at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens in conjunction with the Ecofest sponsor’s night, was an overwhelming success.
Under the watchful eye of auctioneers Colin Burke and Ranger Tim Moore, all 17 auction pieces were sold raising almost $8,000.
The money went towards the relocation of the wombat facility to Mt Larcom.
The Wombat Factor is an art and wildlife education project which was first held in 2012 with outstanding success.
The 2013 exhibition was held at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Gallery in June in conjunction with Ecofest celebrations.
The Wombat Factor 2 has now reached completion and has raised $10,091.92 for Australian Animals Care and Education.
Tracey Smith and Gaetane Chiffoleau the organisers of the event were excited with how the project went and the final amount that was raised they pointed out that everyone one involved including the sponsors and the artists should be congratulated on a job well done.
Lyndell Fontaine from QER the main sponsor of the Event was thrilled to be there to hand over the cheque.