2014-2015 diary summary Richard Underwood Nature Refuge
Despite some heatwave conditions during summer months, all wombats are in good health and have been busy excavating burrows.
As usual, following long dry periods, the rainfall motivated the wombats to dig out their burrow entrances. The wombats continue to be in good health and carry on with usual wombat business.
The wombats have been increasingly exploring all corners of the enclosure and new burrow excavations continue to be discovered. The wombats have not only been renovating their existing burrows but also getting a start on several new burrows throughout the nature refuge.
A planned burn was undertaken at the nature refuge in August, with the assistance of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) fire crews. The burn was successful in reducing the buffel fuel load before summer; achieving a cool patchy burn over one-third of the nature refuge. Good follow-up rains were received to boost the growth of green pick for the wombats.
A prototype for a new wombat trap was developed and four traps have been manufactured according to the new design. The new traps will be trailed in the field to refine their design and functionality before further traps are manufactured to replace the old cage-style traps.
The new design aims to improve success of capturing wombats for translocations and research.
A short video was produced, presenting the journey of two joeys born at RUNR in 2011