Australian Bilby Appreciation Society
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Around Australia there
many people working towards Saving the Bilby. They are
breeding Bilbies in captivity,
proof fences, and raising money to fund
and other activities. On this page, and those linked below, Mr Bilby would like to
you the opportunity to meet some of these special
people and learn about what they are doing
and how you can help.
Peter McRae is a member of the Bilby National Recovery Team and has been working with Bilbies in Queensland's remote south-west since 1988. He is responsible for a captive breeding program at Charleville, about 750km west of Brisbane. Peter and Frank Manthey are the men behind the Save the Bilby Fund, which raised the money to build a 20km predator proof fence in Currawinya National Park. When the fence was completed, the predators (cats and foxes) were removed from the 25km2 enclosure. Bilbies were due to be reintroduced at Easter 2003, but the drought has delayed this.
Use can support the Save the Bilby Fund by making a donation and/or purchasing their products.
The Arid Recovery Project is a conservation initiative, jointly supported by WMC, the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage. The project, which is dedicated to the restoration of arid lands, is centred around a 60km² Reserve located 25km north of Roxby Downs in South Australia.
Since its inception
in 1997, the project has focused on gradually fencing the
Reserve and eliminating introduced pests such as rabbits, cats and
foxes. This has provided an
area of complete protection into which Bilbies and three other species of locally
extinct mammals have so far been reintroduced.
You can support the Arid
Recovery Project by becoming a member of the Friends of the Arid Recovery Project,
volunteering, and/or purchasing their merchandise.
In WA, the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) runs the Western Shield endangered species captive breeding program. Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre participates in the program and Bilbies bred in captivity there have been released on the Peron Peninsula and at Dryandra. You can find out more at the CALM and Kanyana web sites, and by viewing the excellent ABC TV documentary "Return to Eden".
You can support Kanyana by making a tax deductable donation, "adopting" an animal, becoming a Kanyana member, and/or becoming a wildlife carer.
For more information, visit their web site.