The bilby needs your help and that of your networks, friends and colleagues to support the Fund's Emergency Appeal.
Less than $3,000 to go ... we're thrilled with the outcome! That means over $95,000 has been achieved towards our goal. Our thanks to our supporters Dr Peter Sherwood and Lyn and Bobbie Brazil who kindly matched your gifts to a value of $40,000.
Here is the Fund's CEO Kevin Bradley appealing to your generosity to help us upgrade our bilby breeding and creche-ing facilities at Charleville. Please donate now.
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
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.
Save the Bilby Fund needs to upgrade our bilby captive breeding and crèche-ing pens in Charleville that are now 20+ years old and no longer fit-for-purpose (see below). We need to transform the pens to improve breeding success and suitability to manage larger numbers of bilbies pre-release to Currawinya and beyond. Charleville is in bilby country and only a few hours drive from the Bilby Fence which encloses a large predator-exclusion area.
What we can do with your help
Please DONATE NOW to enable the Fund to:
- fix enclosure skirting to prevent bilbies escaping and predators entering
- upgrade feed stations and husbandry support facilities
- replace old and corroded enclosure netting with non-climbable material to manage vermin and predator incursion and improve serviceability and hygiene
- install infra-red cameras to monitor bilby activity and enclosure security.
To make this upgrade possible, Save the Bilby Fund needed to raise $100,000 and we're almost there.
Once the proper facilities are in place, the Fund will be able to breed bilbies in larger numbers and also provide a crèche for the young ones and prepare them for release into protected areas.
The government no longer provides the Fund with any recurring funding, so saving the bilby relies on your generous support in this time of critical need.
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.
Please DONATE NOW
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