xavier Gabel and Elizabeth Story with Bruce the wombat and keeper Yvette Fenning at Rockhampton Zoo. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
xavier Gabel and Elizabeth Story with Bruce the wombat and keeper Yvette Fenning at Rockhampton Zoo. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Wombat slow to reveal info for zoo keeper studying masters

WOMBATS at the Rockhampton zoo have a variety of tasty grasses on the menu as part of a study by zoo keeper Yvette Fenning.

Yvette has been developing methods of growing and feeding different grasses for captive wombats as part of her Masters in Applied Environmental Management and Animal behavior.

"As part of my Masters, I'm interested in seeing if the wombats will eat the grass presented in trays and if this method of growing is sustainable over time," said Yvette.

"Currently the wombats are used to a convenient diet that is too high in energy for their slow-paced lifestyle," said Yvette.

It is hoped that by providing a more natural diet of grasses to the wombats, they will return to normal breeding habits.

Zoo keeper of four years, Yvette has had the help of students from Glenmore State High in growing the grass.

The students grow the grass off site and deliver it to the zoo.



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