Wombats are iconic Australian marsupials.  They are also the Koala’s closest living relative. Wombats are among the largest burrowing mammals in the world. They can run up to 40kph. Wombats have wiry, brown, tan or grey fur and they can measure 1.3m long and weigh 36kg.

All wombat species live in burrows. The burrows are long tunnels that comprise of complex networks with chambers that can extend to 150m in radius.

They excavate their burrows by digging the soil with the long claws on their forelegs and push it out with their back legs.

It’s a very interesting fact that wombats have cube-shaped poo ( called scats) that is easily found in the bush.  They also roll around in their burrows to dig and flatten the walls.


but they are facing increasing threats including vehicle collisions, habitat loss and mange.

Mange is responsible for hundreds of wombat deaths every year, yet it is relatively unknown.

Mange is a skin infection caused by mites. Left untreated, infected wombats slowly succumb to the complications of the disease within 2-3 months, leading to a slow and painful death.
The wombat’s fur falls out, their skin becomes hardened and constantly itches. Their eyesight and hearing are also impaired. It is heartbreaking to see.



Tiny Toy 15cm

Small Puppet 25cm

Large Puppet 40cm

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General information about our animals

All our Puppets and toys are hand made from materials made in an environmentally sustainable.
All runoff from dyes used is contained and disposed of in an ecologically safe way.   All materials are fire-resistant and have been tested under a flame.

All patterns are drawn by hand first and then shaped into the three-dimensional shape that is meticulously worked with by producing many samples until the spirit of the animal is revealed and comes to life when it is used. (by the puppeteer!)
We deliberately use old methods of cutting the material by a small hand machine then sewn by hand and on machines both in Nanjing and In Melbourne.
This is achieved by a small group of women.

( see our History to see the development of Secret Gully puppets and Endangered Animals Australia)



 Whilst we are not perfect yet…

All our animals can be cared for with ease to break the cycle of buy and throw-away world of consumerism

We believe that children can and must learn to take care of their material world.

Learning to care for our animals will encourage them to take care of their surroundings at home and in the wider world.

All our animals can be:

  • Washed by hand or gentle machine wash…( in cold water only)
  • Successfully Brushed and combed to bring them back to life…
  • Repaired with a simple needle and cotton.

Additional information


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