Recent milestones

2017 and 2018 milestones coming soon

Timeline of achievements 1998-2016

  • 1998 National appeal launched by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae to construct the Bilby Fence at Currawinya National Park
  • 1999 Save the Bilby Fund officially formed under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Queensland Government and the Murweh Shire Council
  • 2003 Bilby Fence officially opened by Environment Minister Dean Wells
  • 2003 Frank awarded Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year
  • 2004 Dreamworld breeds Bilbies under Captive Breeding Agreement with the Queensland Government
  • 2005 First Bilby release into Currawinya Bilby Fence
  • 2005 National Bilby Day officially declared by Federal Minister for the Environment The Hon. Ian Campbell
  • 2007 Face The Challenge School Competition launched nationally
  • 2009 Dreamworld opens Bilby display
  • 2009 Griffith University engaged to survey Currawinya and PPBio plot research supported for environmental monitoring
  • 2012 Frank awarded OAM for services to conservation
  • 2012 Ipswich Nature Reserve‚Äôs 'Frank Manthey - Bilby Burrow' display opened
  • 2014 Queensland Feral Animal Summit initiated by Save the Bilby Fund
  • 2014 Save the Bilby Fund granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status and added to the Australian Government Register of Environmental Organisations
  • 2015 Greater Bilby Recovery Summit 2015 initiated by Save the Bilby Fund with the National Interim Conservation Plan for the Greater Bilby developed and published
  • 2015 Save the Bilby Fund appointed Interim National Recovery Team Co-ordinator for the Greater Bilby
  • 2016 Indigenous Bilby Knowledge Festival supported by Save the Bilby Fund
  • 2016 Revised memorandum of understanding signed with the Queensland Government
  • 2016 The Bilby Channel launches on YouTube
  • 2016 The new Charleville Bilby Experience officially opened
  • 2016 Inaugural Fur Ball and Dawnie Express steam train highlights in Charleville as part of fundraising for National Bilby Day
  • 2016 A pilot national schools competition 'Save the Bilby Challenge' was held
  • 2016 Citizen science surveys '2016 Bilby Tracks' trip conducted in Currawinya National Park


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