Save The Bilby Fund

Our Vision

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.

The Fund

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.


Our Values

Honesty, integrity, passion, commitment and transparency.

Our Team

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

National appeal launched by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae to construct the Bilby Fence at Currawinya National Park
Save the Bilby Fund officially formed under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Queensland Government and the Murweh Shire Council
Bilby Fence officially opened by Environment Minister Dean Wells

Frank awarded Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year
Dreamworld breeds Bilbies under Captive Breeding Agreement with the Queensland Government
First Bilby release into Currawinya Bilby Fence

National Bilby Day officially declared by Federal Minister for the Environment The Hon. Ian Campbell – the second Sunday in September
Dreamworld opens Bilby display

Griffith University engaged to survey Currawinya and PPBio plot research supported for environmental monitoring
The bilby fence is breached by feral cats
Frank Manthey awarded OAM for services to conservation

Ipswich Nature Reserve’s ‘Frank Manthey – Bilby Burrow’ display opened
Queensland Feral Animal Summit initiated by Save the Bilby Fund

Save the Bilby Fund granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status and added to the Australian Government Register of Environmental Organisations
Greater Bilby Recovery Summit 2015 initiated by Save the Bilby Fund with the National Interim Conservation Plan for the Greater Bilby developed and published

Save the Bilby Fund appointed Interim National Recovery Team Co-ordinator for the Greater Bilby – 2018 no longer interim
Indigenous Bilby Knowledge Festival supported by Save the Bilby Fund

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
National parks announcement of 750,000 to retro fit the bilby fence

Sept – MOU with National parks to take over the Charleville breeding facilities

Extensive update and revamp of the breeding facilities
Currawinya bilby fence major works begin ... one panel at a time to ensure no feral cats are allowed into the fence

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
April – First release of 6 pioneer bilbies back into the Currawinya 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 – Bilbie not Bunnies petition opens

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

March – Our first ever giving

May – Estimate population of bilbies in Currawinya over 200

October – Boullia to Birdsville survey