The beautiful Greater Bilby is a shy little creature, preferring
to hide in its spiral-shaped burrow during the day and only coming
out at night. Even though they look cute with their long ears,
pointy nose, crested tail and lovely soft blue-grey fur, they're
tough and have many adaptations to help them survive their home
range of arid semi-desert environments and shrub lands in
Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Bilbies dig spiral burrows with their stout forelegs and strong
claws, and then seal the entrance with dirt behind them. Bilbies
eat both plants and insects and never need to drink because they
get all the water they need from their food. They have excellent
hearing and a keen sense of smell to help them track down their
dinner, using their long tongues to slurp up insect larvae,
spiders, seeds, fungi and grasses.
Nationally, the Greater Bilby is on the brink of extinction and
is listed as a vulnerable species on the Environment Protection and
Biodiversily Conservation (EPNC) Act, 1999. Habitat degradation and
predation by feral animals are responsible for this species
decline. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has cerated the
largest feral-free area on mainland Australia at Scotia Wildlife
Sanctuary in outback NSW. Within the safety of this area, AWC is
establishing the largest wild self-sustaining population of Greater
Bilbies in the country.