The Greater Bilby
Now that you have explored Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Kids on Conservation Trail it is time to continue the adventure at home. Our first stop on the trail is the Greater Bilby, here’s what you should know about this amazing little marsupial.
Conservation Status: Endangered
Why are we in trouble: Unfortunately Bilby numbers are decreasing rapidly due to predation from feral cats and fox’s. They also have to compete with introduced species such as the rabbit and livestock for food.
How Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is helping? Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has a Greater Bilby breeding program. In collaboration with Save the Bilby Foundation we are ensuring that there is an insurance population of Bilby’s to release into the wild to help save these beautiful creatures from extinction.
How you can help: There are many ways you can help save our Bilby’s from extinction.
- Donate to CWS to help fund our conservation programs
- Adopt a Bilby through CWS
- Register for the Zoo Run which is held on the 11th of September 2016. Participants can join in a 5km fun run, or 2km fun run/walk throughout the Sanctuary, and help raise much needed funds for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and the Save the Bilby Fund.
- Spread the word! Teach your friends what you have learned about the Greater Bilby and get excited about this species and opportunities to help.
Fun Facts about the Greater Bilby:
- Bilby’s rarely drink water as they can get most of their hydration requirements from their food assisting with survival in arid conditions.
- Bilby’s are marsupials, the females have a backward facing pouch so that dirt doesn’t get inside when they are digging for food.
- Bilby’s have long, pink pointy ears like a rabbit.
- Bilby’s are nocturnal which means they are most active at night.
- Bilby have very strong forearms that they use for digging up their food.
- Bilby’s are omnivores which mean they eat a variety of foods including insects, fruit and nuts, yummy!