I am constantly seeing wombats suffering with mange where I live, but it wasn’t until I learnt in one of my classes at uni that you can volunteer to help in the treatment of this disease in your area, that I knew I needed to do something.
Mange Management is a non-profit organisation, consisting of volunteers who work to treat and reduce the impact of mange in wombats found in their natural habitat. The program is set up in places across Victoria, where mange is most common.
Due to little or no support from the government, the task of treating and euthanizing (when the disease is not treatable) has been left to these volunteer wildlife careers, and people willing assist in their own backyards.
Mange is described as a skin disease in mammals caused by parasitic mites, and is characterised by severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.
If untreated, mange can also lead to an incredibly painful death.
Treatment is done via two methods, using a chemical called Cydectin (this is a poisoness chemical, and must be handled with care).
The first method is Direct Application with a pole and scoop, and is used if the wombat is approachable and has a serve case of mange. The wombat is approached slowly, and the Cydectin is poured along it’s back at the healthiest area. This treatment is done once a week, and after around 4-5 weeks improvement should occur.
Once the wombat settles back into its nocturnal behaviour, method two is implemented.
This method is known as the Burrow Flap. Volunteers have made flaps out of an ice cream container lid, and milk bottle top, that works similar to a doggy-door over the wombats burrow entrance. A dose of Cydectin is filled in the bottle top, and as the wombat enters and exits its home, the flap moves to allow the treatment to pour onto the wombat’s back. The chemical is replaced once a week for 8 weeks, followed by fortnightly for 4 additional treatments.
For a more detailed explanation of how treatment is administered, please visit here.
We have seen wombats grazing on our property for years, and come across multiple wombat borrows, and having seen many cases of mange create a poor life for wombats in our area, we are very keen to help eradicate this issue!
With help from Mange Management, we have been provided with a Treatment Kit (pictured right), as well as the knowledge and awareness to volunteer in the treatment and care of wombat welfare.
To help raise awareness of this cause and terrible condition, I am hoping to document the work we do, here on this blog or my YouTube Channel, so make sure you keep an eye on those!
If you would like to get involved in your area, I have linked Mange Management’s website below, which has their contact details, as well as any further information.
Finally, if you see a wombat that you suspect has mange, or is in need of help, you can report it HERE.
*information for this post has been gathered from the Mange Management website*
*Wombat images have been taken from google*