Today the Australian Reptile Park celebrated one of the world’s cutest animals – Poppy the wombat! The miracle wombat joey celebrated her momentous first birthday today, which was a massive feat after her rough start to life. With Australia Day only a day away, it was the perfect timing to celebrate this iconic Aussie.

To celebrate, Poppy was treated to a special birthday party and was given lots of snuggles and kisses along with snacks on a delicious birthday platter which included corn, sweet potato, carrot, and the freshest grass available – a wombat’s favourite treats! After celebrating and getting loads of affection from staff, Poppy had bottle and a nap before heading out into the park to greet guests.

Poppy the wombat joey became famous after various videos featuring Poppy went viral online. After becoming famous, visitors have made the trip to the Australian Reptile Park during the Summer holidays just to get their turn at a snuggle with the adorable wombat.

Poppy was found in September 2021, still in the pouch, with her mum being hit and killed by a car. Sadly, road strike is an all-too-common occurrence for wombats. Thankfully a passer-by checked the pouch and discovered Poppy’s tiny, scared face staring back at her. Suddenly alone in the world, Poppy was brought to the Australian Reptile Park where she became cared for 24/7 and able grow happy and healthy.

Australian Reptile Park Head Keeper of Mammals Hewin Hochkins said “Poppy is an absolute delight to be around, she really came to us right when we all needed a little bit of hope during our park closure. We love having the opportunity to throw a birthday party for our animals, I think they know we’re celebrating them! Poppy was eagerly seeking out snuggles from all the keepers and visitors and loved all her special treats we gave her! She is one of the most well behaved and wonderful wombats I’ve ever worked with… And I’ve worked with plenty!”

Visitors can meet Poppy the wombat during an encounter in which they get to meet the gorgeous wombat up close. Poppy the wombat encounters occur at 12:30pm daily. For more information visit: