Roz and Kevin began this journey in earnest when they became aware of how many local wombats were affected and dying from sarcoptic mange. Roz began studying ways in which wombats with sarcoptic mange could be treated and hopefully saved from a slow horrible death. It started with a few calls from locals letting them know when a wombat was seen that appeared to have mange. They would treat as many as they could and attempt to educate the public. It has grown into a herculean effort where they travel many kilometres and treat wombats of all ages, sizes and stages of disease as well as treating wombats that have been injured in other ways. Animals that until recently would have died if left untreated are given a chance to recover and continue to help maintain the population.
In the past, few people would attempt to rehabilitate any wombat that was much bigger than about 10kg, finding them too difficult to handle. Many sub-adult as well as adult wombats have been successfully treated by Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue for a variety of illness such as vehicular trauma, dog attack or mange and released back into their home range. Check out the success stories page to see some of our more interesting cases.
Their work was recently recognised by Australian Geographic which held a fund raiser to raise awareness and donations for a much needed wombat hospital that will be part of Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue Inc.