Biomimicry, Bushfires and Wombats

Biomimicry, Bushfires and Wombats

This is so encouraging after hearing about all the animals killed in the Brushfires. I think 2 million and I cannot imagine the Koala going extinct?! I HOPE NOT. The architectural link is a gorgeous obvious statement of Biomimicry. This blog is approaching an idea that is ahead of it’s time, and I believe will be embraced in the future in the U.S. with the emphasis on Environmental Engineering. It’s also a fascinating way to link nature to children because they can relate to it! P.S. J.R.R. Tolkien was ahead of his time with the Hobbit Hole eh?

Biomimicry for Young Children

Wombats are one of Australia’s most loved marsupials, but they are often misunderstood. In children’s books they are described as slow and clumsy, yet, they can actually run faster than a human or dog over a short distance.

Muddle-headed wombats! No, they are quick to learn and they have adapted to their life underground. However, the stories about heroic wombats herding other animals to saftey into their fire-proof burrows are not true. Nevertheless, wombats may have helped many animals during the recent bushfires in Australia. It might not have been their intention, but their burrows provide a safe refuge underground.

Wombats dig large warrens, and the networks of interconnecting burrows have temperatures are very stable compared to surface temperatures. Daily temperature fluctuations can be less than 1° Celsius as compared to 24 degrees on the surface. The coolish burrows would be great help during fires so many small mammals use…

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