On Tuesday the 26th of September 2017 at 7.30 pm join the Brisbane Branch of Wildlife Queensland at the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland for this free presentation, followed by a cuppa. No need to book just come along.
Come along and listen to Kevin Bradley, CEO of Save the Bilby Fund talking about Saving the Bilby.
Wikipedia mentions that the bilby lineage extends back 15 million years.In 2014 scientists found part of a 15-million-year-old fossilised jaw of a bilby which had shorter teeth that were probably used for eating forest fruit. Prior to this discovery, the oldest bilby fossil on record was 5 million years old. It is thought the bilby diverged from its closest relative, an originally-carnivorous bandicoot, 20 million years ago.
Modern bilbies have evolved to have long teeth used to dig holes in the desert to eat worms and insects. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species. It is on average 55 cm (22 in) long, excluding the tail, which is usually around 29 cm (11 in) long. Its fur is usually grey or white, it has a long pointy nose and very long ears, hence earning its nickname, the rabbit-eared bandicoot.
Bilbies were once widespread in the arid and semi-arid areas of Australia. The introduction of cats, foxes and rabbits have severely reduced bilby populations. This hardy fast breeding marsupial has some things in its favour. So come and hear what needs to be done to allow this small and cute little marsupial to thrive again and hear the story of the Bilby from an expert in this field. The presentation is free to all. Come along and enjoy it. The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland is at 237 Milton Road, (UBD21 L1)
Train Ipswich / Rosewood line, Milton Stop. Bus - all buses along Coronation Drive, stop 4 both directions then walk 700 metres to the venue.