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Love The Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat
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This wombat is 3-years-old and is very proud of his warren. He took over a system from an old wombat and expanded it, it’s so much bigger now! He is critically endangered and is so happy the humans have finally decided to give his species a helping hand. But there are still many predators he has to watch out for and because his population size is so small he must be careful not to mate with anyone he’s related to, easier said than done!
The wombat, the round-bottomed, snub-nosed, absolutely adorable Aussie animal. Wombats may look ungainly but they are actually very quick, reaching speeds of up to 40 km/hr! There a three species of wombat, the most endangered being the northern hairy-nosed wombat with only 250 left in the wild. They once lived throughout New South Wales and Victoria but can now only be found in the Epping Forest National Park. The largest of the species it also has the softest fur and wonderful fine whiskers.
These wombats live a solitary existence, building warrens which are large and complex tunnel systems deep beneath the sand. These are huge and can cover an area of up to 300 hectares. They are nocturnal but sit out in the sun on winter mornings and afternoons to warm up. They are herbivores and love to eat roots, herbs, and different grasses.
Northern hairy-nosed wombats are monogamous and the mother will give birth to one baby at a time. As wombats are marsupials, the babies will climb into their mothers’ pouch not fully developed where it will stay and continue to develop for 6-9 months. They will leave their mother when they are a year old.
In the early 20th century, the northern hairy-nosed wombat was thought to be extinct. Luckily that was not true. Even so, there is still a long way for them to go before they are out of the red-zone. Originally one of the main threats was a shortage of food due to competition from livestock. Now, the cows aren't so much of an issue, but the eastern grey kangaroo is still there to munch away their grass. There are also threats of predation from wild dogs, risks from drought, floods and fires, disease, and of course all of the risks that come with having such a tiny population size (like genetic diversity). A lot of wonderful work has been put into conservation efforts for this adorable marsupial such as habitat protection and the creation of a second colony. But there is still a lot more work to be done.
HOW TO HELP
Based off real animals that Gillie and Marc met while travelling, the public will be able to meet individual animals.
With public art, more people will come into contact with these sculptures, will stop and consider them, will take a photograph, and will discuss this with their friends and family. Through this increased exposure, the message of love, family, and conservation will be spread much further than any piece of art in a gallery ever could. It will bring people into close contact and will help them to fall in love. With love comes a greater urge to want to create a change and save all endangered animals.
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtags #LoveTheLast to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe.
To help protect these animals, please donate to the WWF: https://www.wwf.sg/
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. As one of WWF’s international hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network spanning over 100 countries. We work to meet key conservation goals, such as deforestation, haze pollution, food security, sustainable finance, sustainable consumption and illegal wildlife trade.
For more information, visit https://www.wwf.sg
ABOUT GILLIE AND MARC
Gillie and Marc’s highly coveted public artworks can be found worldwide including in New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, and Sydney. They are Archibald Prize finalists, won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, took out the Allens People’s Choice Award in 2016 and 2018 and Kids’ Choice Award in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea and received the Bayside Arts Festival People's Choice Award in 2019 in Sydney.
The husband-and-wife duo are on a mission to make art for a better tomorrow. They are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together as best friends and soul mates.
Gillie and Marc are also passionate eco-warriors and have dedicated their lives to protecting nature.
Gillie grew up with the wildlife in Zambia and Marc studied chimpanzees in Tanzania as a young man. Over time, the artists developed a deep appreciation for all living things and a desire to preserve the magnificence of the natural world.
Through their art, Gillie and Marc aim to transform passive audiences into passionate advocates for animal conservation. Their mission is to use their work as a platform to continue spreading awareness about endangerment, which will ultimately lead to change and save species from extinction.
Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support through their project Love The Last.
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