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Common Wombats in U.S. Zoos?

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  1. Tabitha K.

    Tabitha K. New Member

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    Hello!

    Are there any zoos in the United States that have common wombats (not hairy-nosed) on exhibit?
     
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    SDZ does and I believe one or two others do as well but I can’t remember which ones.
     
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    I've got two holders of vombatus ursinus, San Diego Zoo and Albuquerque BioPark Zoo.

    LibGuides: Wombats (Vombatus and Lasiorhinus spp.) Fact Sheet: Managed Care
    A source from 2012.

    ABQ BioPark Says Goodbye to Womona the Wombat — City of Albuquerque
    Appears ABQ Biopark might be down to a lone male as of August 2020. Might contradict the first source because it says " ABQ BioPark is the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums facility to house the common wombat (also known as the Tasmanian wombat)." but I think this refers to just the Tasmanian subspecies.
     
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    Just a note, they are currently off exhibit in Albuquerque
     
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    Toledo have a female Common Wombat, named Lily, originally from Houstan.

    Toldeo, San Diego and ABQ are the only three parks in the US I believe with Common Wombats.
     
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    Do they have the same subspecies or are they different?
     
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    San Diego and ABQ have different subspecies. Toldeo's female is also a Mainland Common Wombat.
     
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    Unfortunately useless then for any potential animal exchanges in the US then.
     
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    They're all ambassador animals I believe, not in the use for breeding.
     
  10. Tabitha K.

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    Thank you guys very much!
     
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    Never realized how rare the common wombat is in us zoos. I saw the enclosure at San Diego but the actual wombat was a no-show unfortunately.
     
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    They are quite rare, even in captivity in general.

    San Diego's wombat is in one the Tasmanian Devil enclosures, although i'm not sure if this is permanent as the individual is an ambassador wombat.
     
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    Im still awaiting the day that Toledo displays their wombat on-exhibit…
     
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    Hopefully.. although they are ambassador animals and so are mainly used for special presentations and bts events. San Diego apparently retired their individual which is why they have been put on display.
     
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