This year is going to be massive for the Fund as we move towards the reintroduction of bilbies behind the Bilby Fence. Your ongoing help is much needed and appreciated.
A species in crisis
Australia has the worst mammal extinction track record of any developed nation and this crisis continues. The bilby is on the verge of joining the disturbingly long list of unique Australian animals that no longer exist in the wild and without our assistance this could happen within our lifetime.
The bilby has been roaming the Australian landscape and contributing to our natural environment for over 15 million years. Once widely distributed across Australia, bilbies can now only be found sparsely scattered across 20% of their former range. Their numbers remain in decline as the threats from feral cats, foxes, rabbits and habitat change continue.
But they can be saved with your help
To save the bilby we need to maintain essential genetic diversity and continue to build up their numbers in safe and secure locations. This will provide insurance against the possibility of extinction in the wild and enable the re-introduction of bilbies into specially managed areas.
Without large numbers of safe and secure populations of bilbies, we are destined to lose the battle to save them.
The good news is that bilbies are a fast breeding animal and are superbly adapted to survival in our harsh outback. So their odds of recovery are exceedingly good, if only we give them that chance.
From the generous donations of the previous appeal, Save the Bilby Fund are upgrading our bilby captive breeding and crèche-ing pens in Charleville with completion due by Christmas.
Intensive bilby breeding program in Charleville
With the pens transformed, we're preparing for the next step in bilby recovery - our intensive bilby breeding program in Charleville.
As part of the Greater Bilby National Recovery Plan, bilbies will be travelling to our Charleville facilities from others around the country. We need to safely move the bilbies to this new home by road and plane and care for them there in larger numbers than ever before.
As I’m sure you’ll understand, this means our husbandry and transport costs for bilbies are going to increase dramatically over the coming months. We also need people on the ground to support and manage this intensive breeding phase of the recovery program.
Releasing bilbies inside the Bilby Fence at Currawinya and beyond is a critical step to their recovery over the long term. This region falls within their former range which once covered more than 70% of mainland Australia.
What we can do with your help
We rely on your generous support, as we don’t receive any recurrent government funding.
By donating to this appeal you’ll be making a vital contribution to saving the bilby, not just for ourselves but also for future generations to enjoy. Our conservation achievements for the bilbies also benefit other animals facing similar threats in the wild.
Please DONATE NOW to enable the Fund to transport, maintain, breed and crèche bilbies to make this intensive breeding and release program a success.
If we all act together right now and donate to this appeal, we are another step closer to saving the bilby for ourselves and our future generations.
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