What the Fund is doing
Secretariat for the National Greater Bilby Recovery Team
The Fund is committed to delivering on the 2015 summit report and interim conservation plan and currently acts as the Secretariat for the National Greater Bilby Recovery Team and is working with all stakeholders to develop a new National Recovery Plan for the species based on the outcomes of the Great Bilby Recovery Summit.
Charleville breeding pens
Refurbishing breeding pens at Charleville headquarters until the memorandum of understanding we are taking responsibility for maintenance and husbandry of these facilities.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND ALLIANCES AND ENABLING BILBY RESEARCH
Indigenous Bilby Knowledge Festival (June 20-24)
The event was held in the remote Gibson Desert in Kiwirrikurra on Pintupi Country in Western Australia. The festival examined the importance of the bilby to Indigenous people and culture and how their traditional knowledge of bilbies contributes to bilby management and conservation.
Watch 'Ninu Festival 2016', a short film about it on The Bilby Channel.
The gathering comprised Indigenous ranger groups and Traditional Owners from the bilby’s current range, the federal Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews and a host of conservation and wildlife/land management bodies.
Most bilbies remaining in the wild occur on Indigenous Protected Areas and supporting the local Indigenous people and engaging with them to exchange knowledge is of critical importance to our last wild populations of bilby.
Our CEO, Kevin Bradley, participated and Save the Bilby Fund has contributed to the travel costs for long-term bilby advocate Craig Doudle, Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners attending.
The festival is an outcome of the Greater Bilby Recovery Summit 2015 which was an initiative of the fund. We have been supporting the festival since its inception and believe that we need to be supporting Indigenous knowledge to protect our last remaining wild populations of bilbies.
in the wild... up to 95% of existing wild populations may now only occur on Indigenous Protected Areas in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Ninu Festival Reports
- A cultural report about bilbies and the Ninu Festival, Kiwirrkurra, 2016 (warning contains some graphic pictures of dead animals)
Other coverage about the festival
Territory NRM goes to the Kiwirrkurra Ninu (Bilby) Festival - short film and article
'Ninu Festival 2016', a short film on The Bilby Channel.
We also support the work of Craig Doudle, a largely self-funded and committed bilby advocate who has dedicated much of his own time and resources to studying and documenting bilbies under extreme threat in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. One means by which we are doing this is by supplying trail cameras.
Long-term ecological research plots
Provided funding to Griffith University for establishing long-term ecological research plots (10 inside and 10 outside the bilby fence) at Currawinya National Park. In addition to using them for monitoring bilbies and biodiversity at Currawinya, the plots contribute to an international biodiversity monitoring network.
Bilbies not bunnies this Easter - Easter presents us all with the special opportunity to replace the feral rabbit with the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) as the true Australian Easter icon. read more
Find out all about what's been happening with the Fund throughout 2016. read more