Observations on the behaviour of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) in a translocated population

Jørgensen, Kristina Sand, Melzer, Alistair, Harper, Dave and Nevin, Owen ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3513-8053 (2021) Observations on the behaviour of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) in a translocated population. Australian Mammalogy, 43 . pp. 132-136.

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The natural distribution of the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) is confined to Epping Forest National Park, Queensland; however, a small number of animals have been translocated to establish an insurance population at Richard Underwood Nature Refuge (RUNR), Queensland. Northern hairy-nosed wombat behaviour is poorly understood, mostly due to its cryptic behaviour. Thirty-two wildlife cameras set up at burrow mouths at RUNR were used to capture social and solitary behaviour. Over a six month period between December 2016 and May 2017, 0.3% (21 videos of 6607) of recordings captured social behaviour, suggesting that the northern hairy-nosed wombat actively avoids social interactions at the burrow mouth. Vocalisation was only observed during social interaction. The results were similar to data from Epping Forest National Park and studies on other wombat species. In this respect the translocated population appeared to behave in a manner typical of the wild population.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Australian Mammalogy
Publisher: Csiro publishing
ISSN: 1836-7402
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 15:47
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:46
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5899


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