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Conservation

ENDANGERED SPECIES PROGRAMS

BILBY

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Bilby

This omnivorous bandicoot species has adapted well to our harsh outback conditions and is particularly fond of arid, sandy desert regions. The bilby is a nocturnal burrowing marsupial that emerges after dark to forage for roots, shoots, insects and small animals.

The most significant threats to this species are the feral fox and the feral cat. The bilby is an easy target for them, as it is not adapted to co-exist alongside such cunning predators.

Our long-term goal is to establish a wild colony on our western, semi-arid property where the most eastern known population became extinct nearly 100 years ago. We are currently working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to establish facilities on this property.