Save The Bilby Fund
Our vision is to save the bilby from extinction in our lifetime.
Our focus is to help build an insurance population of 10,000 bilbies in Australia by 2030.
We breed and release captive bilbies to a sanctuary surrounded by a predator exclusion fence in Currawinya National Park with the aim of building a population of 400 free-living bilbies.
Save the Bilby Fund is a national charity launched on 28 March 1999 by the late Frank Manthey OAM and the late scientist Peter McRae to raise the money to build the fence in an effort to stop the steady decline of bilby numbers.
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How we spend your donations...
The Save the Bilby Fund is a tiny Australian registered charity which receives no recurrent government funding. We are totally reliant on the support and generosity of Australians to achieve our vision.
We are incredibly grateful for every gift, large or small and we understand your expectation that it should be spent directly on our work. As a tiny team who all work part-time from home or in the field we minimise expenditure where possible and seek only to cover our costs at each stage of delivering to the National Recovery Plan.
We dedicate our time and effort in these 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 released in the fence
March – COVID-19 hits
April – Unable to open the Charleville Bilby Experience
May – Preliminary estimate of bilby population in Currawinya deemed to be 60 - 80 bilbies
August– 6 more young adults released to Currawinya
Nov – Appeal launched to upgrade breeding facilities
May – Estimate population of bilbies in Currawinya over 200
October – Boullia to Birdsville survey