Who we are
​​The Wombat Awareness Organisation (WAO) is a non-profit charity specialising in the rescue, rehabilitation and advocacy of the unique, amazing and gorgeous Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat. 
WAO focuses on conserving and protecting wild wombats whilst supporting a 24 hour rescue and rehabilitation centre within the largest and only free range, cage free wombat sanctuary.
WAO is based in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and services the entire state of South Australia as well as specialised cases over Australia.
WAO was founded and has been proactive in the wombat community since 2006.
WAO is independently funded relying solely on the kindness of others who wish to join us to Save the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat!




Our philosophy
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats are the World's largest burrowing marsupial. They are believed to be secretive, shy with little know about their behaviour.
Wombats come into continuous conflict with land holders due to the size of their burrows. Although the burrows are very beneficial to the soil and water table, wombats are regularly slaughtered. They are also a food source for Indigenous people.
Wombats live in semi arid environments and are vulnerable to climatic changes therefore consideration is urgently required to prevent the species from extinction.
Wombats may be sensitive and secretive in the wild, but after 15 years of them being WAO's sole focus, they are actually extremely intelligent, affectionate, family orientated and full of fun.
We feel that every individual is valuable and if we don't collectively work together, the species as a whole will be lost.
There are plenty of alternatives to current management practices, all that is needed to save the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat from extinction is a change of mindset from the Government to support the community.
Talk to us
WAO is available 24/7 for rescues and advice. Please feel free to call us on 0458 737 283.
24 Hour Rescue Hotline  0458737283



WAO has a 'no questions asked' policy for surrendered wombats!

You can help by making a donation or adopting a wombat! All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.

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