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Published March 12th 2013
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Endangered Bilby

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.

Chocolate Bilbies -

Bilbies not Bunnies:

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.

Semi Arid Bilby Habitat

Save The Bilby Fence:

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.

Bilby fence
Save the Bilby Fence

How You Can Help:

So, this Easter, why not help raise awareness about the plight of our endangered Easter Bilby by supporting these little creatures - you could buy a Chocolate Bilby or send an Easter Bilby e-card or maybe even purchase a bit of the Save The Bilby Fence? Please spread the word and protect Australia's unique endangered fauna.
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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?
by fluffynut (score: 2|973) 2698 days ago
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