New smartphone app to protect Australia’s at risk wombats

WomSat, a new app and website created by the university of Western Sydney, has been launched. Partly funded by Emirates Airline and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, the app uses a smartphone’s in-built GPS system to enable anyone to easily report any sightings of wombat sightings and record the animal’s health.

In Brief
  • Information received from smartphone users is uploaded to a national map used to identify where wombats are most at risk from a parasitic mite that causes various skin infections threatening their survival.
  • Since 2008, researchers have been using Emirates Wolgan Valley resort and its property in the greater Blue Mountains for field research into the health of local wombat population.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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