and Dennis have always been keenly interested in wildlife. Hazel
is involved with a local bird watching group and both Hazel
and Dennis have been keen to assist in the Northern Hairy-Nosed
Wombat Recovery Project.
members of a Lions Club, Hazel and Dennis were were invited
to visit the Bilby release site at Currawinya. Whilst
at this event they learnt that the Queensland Parks & Wildlife
Service were looking for volunteers to help care for the endangered
Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat.
They contacted Dr Alan Horsup and registered their interest
and their first opportunity to be volunteer caretakers came
in March 2004. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience - despite
the remoteness and ticks - and decided then to make Epping Forest
NP (Scientific) part of their retirement experience.
and Dennis have returned to the Park twice since then and have
been involved in two Hair Census'. Each visit presents new wildlife
marvels and Hazel and Dennis find it interesting to record their
daily observations and findings in a diary.
becoming involved with this project Hazel and Dennis have become
grandparents and are hoping that their grandsons will learn
from their wildlife experiences. And even more importantly Hazel
and Dennis think it would be nice to think that they have helped
in their own very small way to preserve this very special mammal
so that their grand children too can enjoy seeing a live Northern
Hairy-Nosed Wombat when they are adults.