Rabbits are not native to Australia, so many Aussies celebrate Easter with our very own version of a rabbit, the (endangered) native Bilby. A Bilby is a marsupial mammal, which means they carry their young in a pouch. They are becoming a favourite amongst Australian children because of their extra large ears, which makes them an ideal alternative "Bunny" for the Easter season.
Bilbies could once be found across 70% of Mainland Australia. Unfortunately, they are now extinct in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and are endangered in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, with only about an estimated 600 remaining in the wild.
Feral predators (foxes and cats) and loss of habitat are the Bilby's biggest threats and you can contribute a panel to the Save the Bilby Fence to help protect the remaining threatened population. The fence is 2 meters high and protects a large enclosed area in Currawinya National Park in South West Queensland. They also run a wild Bilby breeding program in conjunction with Dreamworld on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Could we, should we, not ask businesses like HAIGH'S, who support the Bilby by selling chocolate replicas, to put up posters of the real Bilby with a few words telling people that the Bilby is an Endangered Australian Marsupial who needs our help?