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Premier Travel Tasmania

Behind the Scenes with Researchers: Wombats

Duration: Half Day: Tasmania

Type: Groups, Private Charter.

Departs: On Request

Interests: Land Mammals & Marsupials.

Kim Rettig has served as a wildlife rescuer for many years and has recently taken a lead role in Wombat Rescue Tasmania, a body dedicated to treating mange (infectious parasite). Kim will offer insight into the efforts being made to eradicate mange from the Tasmanian population.

Guests will have the opportunity to spot wombats suffering from mange, log GPS coordinates, take photos and feed information back to the Wombat Rescue Tasmania who will use it in their conservation efforts. A portion of the tour cost will be donated to Wombat Rescue Tasmania.

About Premier Travel Tasmania: Premier Travel Tasmania has been offering refined encounters with nature across the ‘island state’ for over 20 years. The company’s promise to share the diverse flora & fauna, pristine wilderness, rich heritage, gourmet food & wine and local characters, inextricably connects guests to what is quintessentially Tasmania.  At the core of the company’s ethos is to preserve Tasmania’s endemic wildlife and their natural habitats, with major contributions provided towards saving the Tasmania Devil and Common Wombats from habitat loss and disease.


Tour day-by-day

  • Full Day - Research & Conservation

    Kim Rettig has had always felt great compassion for wildlife. She has been a lead advocate for the well-being of Tasmania's native species, including long term involvement with rescuing animals that have sustained injuries on roadways. Through networking with other Tasmanians who rescue & care for Tasmania’s wildlife, she found herself on a path that led to a group of incredible community volunteers in the state's north, who were treating wombats suffering Sarcoptic Mange.

    The infectious parasite, Sarcoptes Scabeii, mite poses the largest threat to wombat survival, and sadly, localised extinctions have been observed in some populations across Tasmania. Fortunately, mange infected wombats can be treated in the wild & Kim and a handful of wonderful, dedicated volunteers are working tirelessly state-wide in an attempt to reduce their suffering and help them on the road to recovery.

    At the commencement of a multi-day tour across Tasmania, guests will spend time with Kim who will offer insight into the efforts being made to eradicate mange from the Tasmanian wombat population and ways in which the group can assist with this mission. After being trained on how to identify wombats suffering from mange, guests will assist with logging GPS coordinates, taking identification photos and recording key behavioural information.

    This information will be passed directly to Wombat Rescue Tasmania to assist with the research and conservation efforts. All Premier Travel Tasmania's guides are trained in treating mange and work closely with Wombat Rescue Tasmania to enable further treatment of effected wombats. Premier Travel Tasmania is proud to provide the opportunity for visitors to give something back to local wildlife and has committed a portion of the tour cost to Wombat Rescue Tasmania.

    Key Details

    Private Tour Pricing: Available on Request.
    Group Size: Maximum of 12 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Hobart
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Customised depending on interests
    Inclusions: Full day private guided tour, transport in well-appointed vehicle, lunch and National Parks pass.

    Enquiries & Bookings

    The behind the scenes tour is not available to be booked online. Please contact our friendly team via our enquiry form - there are some essential details to help us provide the best options for you including group size, interests and accommodation. We will be in touch via your preferred contact method.

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