Endangered hairy-nosed wombat born

Laura Polson

The population of one of the world's rarest animal species, the northern hairy-nosed wombat, has been boosted by the arrival of a joey - the first recorded in Queensland in five years.

The northern hairy-nosed wombat has emerged from its mother's pouch at the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge in southwest Queensland to the delight of staff and landowners.

"The joey was shy at first, preferring to stay close to its mother but it's expected to become a lot more active now that it has stepped out of the pouch," Environment Minister Steven Miles said.

The northern hairy-nosed wombat is one of the world's rarest species with an estimated 250 of the marsupials in the wild.

The Richard Underwood Nature Refuge colony was established in 2009 and is the second colony of the hairy-nosed wombat population in central Queensland.

Prior to this, the hairy-nosed wombat's population was down to just 138 wombats in the wild at the Epping Forest National Park colony.