FUZZY WOMBAT Australia's two species of hairy-nosed wombats
are a far cry from grizzly bears, but they, too, are good candidates for fur trapping.
The illness, which causes the wombat to lose some or all of its fur and then starve to death, is tearing through South Australia s native southern hairy-nosed wombats
, threatening entire populations.
Ken Henry, the Treasury secretary and a passionate conservationist, will travel to Epping Forest National Park in Queensland where he will act as caretaker for a colony of northern hairy-nosed wombats
Walker is studying southern hairy-nosed wombats
, which live in remote areas of South Australia.
Walker with access to semitame and hand-raised southern hairy-nosed wombats
for her studies ("Wild Hair," SN: 4/20/02, p.