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EASTER bilbies, NOT bunnies!

bilbyThe bilby is often called the rabbit-eared bandicoot. It is a nocturnal marsupial that has large ears, a silky light grey and white coat and a long black and white tail. They have a long snout and well-developed sense of smell to aid in finding food. Their large, hairless ears are extremely useful for listening for predators.

The bilby is omnivorous and its diet includes bulbs, seeds, plants, insects, termites and spiders. The bilby does most of its foraging at night. They don’t drink water as they obtain it from the food they eat.

During the day the bilby shelters in an underground burrow that spirals to a depth of two metres. They live in grasslands and mulga shrublands in the hot, dry, arid and semi-arid areas of Australia. Two hundred years ago the bilby occupied more than 70 per cent of mainland Australia. Now it has disappeared from 80 per cent of its former range. Small populations remain in isolated arid and semi-arid areas in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Of the six bandicoot species that once lived in Australia, the bilby is the sole survivor. It is listed as ‘‘endangered’’ in Queensland and “vulnerable” nationally. The rapid decline of bilby numbers since the early 1900s is due to predators (foxes and cats), competition with rabbits for food and the alteration of their habitat (grazing of livestock and the cessation of Aboriginal fire regimes). The total Queensland wild population, estimated to be between 600 and 700 animals, is scattered over 100,000 square kilometres west of Birdsville and Boulia.

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HELP SAVE THE BILBIES

Darrell Lea has been supporting the Save the Bilby Fund since its inception in 1999 through the sales of its chocolate bilbies, and are the only official chocolate and confectionery company to do so. The total monies raised through the sale of Darrell Lea chocolate bilbies so far is over $185,000.

Darrell Lea are selling five different varieties of Bilbies in the lead up to Easter, so buy a bilby instead of a bunny from Darrell Lea this Easter and you will be helping to save the bilbies.

For more information or to support the Save the Bilby fund, go to www.savethebilbyfund.com

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April 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment


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