What the Fund is doing in brief

Save the Bilby Fund is a national charity launched on 28 March 1999 by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae (the 'Bilby Brothers') to raise money and awareness to help stop the steady decline of bilbies.

Our vision is to have safe, protected or managed areas across Australia to support viable and self-sustaining populations of wild bilbies.

The Fund operates within the Greater Bilby National Recovery Plan with the aim to secure the long-term conservation of bilbies. 2019 ALERT: Draft Greater Bilby Recovery Plan for a three-month public consultation period (and associated media release).

We are working to achieve this by co-ordinating the Greater Bilby National Recovery Team; managing the predator-exclusion Bilby Fence in western Queensland; engaging in captive breeding and crèche-ing of bilbies for release into protected areas; and delivering a range of educational, fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives targeting both the community and schools.

Secretariat for the National Greater Bilby Recovery Team

The Fund is committed to delivering on the 2015 summit report and interim conservation plan and currently acts as the Secretariat for the National Greater Bilby Recovery Team and is working with all stakeholders to develop a new National Recovery Plan for the species based on the outcomes of the Great Bilby Recovery Summit. A draft for public comment will be available in early 2018.

The Bilby Fence, Currawinya National Park

The Fund has responsibility for maintaining the Bilby Fence and predator exclusion area it encloses in Currawinya National Park. This semi-wild safe area will be the site for a release of bilbies in the near future.

The Fund runs several citizen science/conservation support programs to the national park. Read more about 2018 Bilby Tracks here.

Charleville bilby breeding facilities

We have renovating the breeding pens at Charleville. Under the memorandum of understanding with the state government we are taking responsibility for maintenance and husbandry of these facilities and expanding their functionality to enable crèche-ing of young bilbies in readiness for their release into safe areas.

The Operation Baby Bilbies fundraiser over Christmas raised over $25,000 to assist with the transport, raising and husbandry of bilbies as part of our intensive breeding program at Charleville.

Charleville Bilby Experience

The Charleville Bilby Experience is a must-see during a visit to Charleville, western Queensland. Learn all about bilbies and the challenges it faces and how we are fighting to save them.

You can have the unique experience of getting up close and personal with a bilby, visit their nocturnal house and our specialty bilby shop.


Indigenous Bilby Knowledge Festival

The event was held in the remote Gibson Desert in Kiwirrikurra on Pintupi Country in Western Australia. The festival examined the importance of the bilby to Indigenous people and culture and how their traditional knowledge of bilbies contributes to bilby management and conservation.

Watch 'Ninu Festival 2016', a short film about it on The Bilby Channel.

The gathering comprised Indigenous ranger groups and Traditional Owners from the bilby’s current range, the federal Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews and a host of conservation and wildlife/land management bodies.

Most bilbies remaining in the wild occur on Indigenous Protected Areas and supporting the local Indigenous people and engaging with them to exchange knowledge is of critical importance to our last wild populations of bilby.

Our CEO, Kevin Bradley, participated and Save the Bilby Fund has contributed to the travel costs for long-term bilby advocate Craig Doudle, Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners attending.

The festival is an outcome of the Greater Bilby Recovery Summit 2015 which was an initiative of the fund. We have been supporting the festival since its inception and believe that we need to be supporting Indigenous knowledge to protect our last remaining wild populations of bilbies.

in the wild... up to 95% of existing wild populations may now only occur on Indigenous Protected Areas in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Ninu Festival Reports

What did we learn from the 2016 Ninu Festival? (pdf 6.7MB)

Bilby is part of this country and for everybody (pdf 3.7MB)

- A cultural report about bilbies and the Ninu Festival, Kiwirrkurra, 2016 (warning contains some graphic pictures of dead animals)

Other coverage about the festival

Media release

Territory NRM goes to the Kiwirrkurra Ninu (Bilby) Festival - short film and article

'Ninu Festival 2016', a short film on The Bilby Channel.

Bilby protection festival in Australia's most remote community a success: ranger says

First Dog on the Moon blogging from the festival!

Craig Doudle

We also support the work of Craig Doudle, a largely self-funded and committed bilby advocate who has dedicated much of his own time and resources to studying and documenting bilbies under extreme threat in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. One means by which we are doing this is by supplying trail cameras.


Bilby droppings used to measure stress levels

Bilby droppings are being used by scientists who have pioneered a new technique to measure stress levels of the endangered marsupial. read more

Charleville Bilby Experience

The Charleville Bilby Experience is one of the highlights of a trip to Western Queensland. Come and learn all about this endangered marsupial and the challenges our wildlife are facing and how we are fighting to save them. read more