I once lived for a few months with two good friends and their pet
wombat, Womble. When I knew Womble, he was big enough to be causing a lot of mischief around the house. I remember him biting the shoelaces off my shoes – while I was wearing them! Not long afterwards, Womble was taken on by a wildlife carer, who helped prepare him for life in the bush as a wild wombat.
My friend Dr Lee Skerratt is an expert on parasites of animals. He has spent a lot of time studying mange in wombats. Lee inspired me to find
out more about wombats and write the fictional children's book Saving wombats. When I was researching the story, I found out about a group of volunteers who run the Mange Management program and website. One of the volunteers is wildlife carer, Jenny Mattingley, and she taught me a lot about wombats and the problems they face. Lee and Jenny both helped me to make sure that the information about wombats and mange in the story is accurate.
To find out more about wombats, try your local library, or check
out these websites:
Buy the book Saving wombats
Saving wombats is a wildlife adventure novel aimed at children aged around eight to eleven years old. It is now available as an ebook on Amazon, priced at US$2.99.
Award winning children's book author Fiona Ingram gave 'Saving wombats' a five star rating:
"In this simple tale an amazing adventure unfolds, with the kids committed to helping animals. The author cleverly feeds necessary information into the story so that by the end of the book young readers will have learned an amazing number of facts about wombats. I really loved reading this!"
You can read the whole review on my 'reviews and comments' page.