Save The Bilby Fund
Our vision is to have helped build an insurance population of 10,000 bilbies in Australia by 2030.
We aim to breed and release captive bilbies to a predator proof area in Currawinya National Parl to build a population of around 400.
Save the Bilby Fund is a national charity launched on 28 March 1999 by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae to continue to raise money to build the predator proof fence so that they could stop the steady decline of bilbies.
Honesty, integrity, passion, commitment and transparency.
How we spend your donations...
Each year the Save the Bilby Fund prepares an annual budget and updates its three year strategic plan.
Income received from sales, trips and donations are invested until the bilby conservation projects outlined in our Strategic Plan require funding. Money is also allocated to cover our operating expenses which we strive to minimise.
We also dedicate time and effort and work hard in the following areas:
History and Achievements
Frank awarded Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year
National Bilby Day officially declared by Federal Minister for the Environment The Hon. Ian Campbell – the second Sunday in September
Griffith University engaged to survey Currawinya and PPBio plot research supported for environmental monitoring
Ipswich Nature Reserve’s ‘Frank Manthey – Bilby Burrow’ display opened
Save the Bilby Fund granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status and added to the Australian Government Register of Environmental Organisations
Save the Bilby Fund appointed Interim National Recovery Team Co-ordinator for the Greater Bilby – 2018 no longer interim
Revised memorandum of understanding signed with the Queensland Government
The Bilby Channel launches on YouTube
The new Charleville Bilby Experience officially opened located at the historical Charleville train station
Inaugural Fur Ball and Dawnie Express steam train highlights in Charleville as part of fundraising for National Bilby Day
Citizen science surveys the first “2016 Bilby Tracks’ trip conducted in Currawinya National Park
Sept – MOU with National parks to take over the Charleville breeding facilities
Extensive update and revamp of the breeding facilities
First Charleville bilby festival – street parade including the 3rd bilby ball and annual NBD celebrations
UQ PhD student, Cassandra Arkinstall begins her research of the upcoming bilby releases into the Currawinya bilby fence
June – first babies of the pioneer bilbies are sighted
July - Tail tracker appeal to raise money to purchase tail trackers to monitor and understand behaviour of released animals
Sept – second group of 20 bilbies release in the fence