07 Aug 2019 16:21:50
Our baby Bilby prepares for release!
Our baby bilby Sapphire, born three months’ ago on-site as part of a conservation management program, has begun her journey to be released into the wild. This is part of a long-term effort to assist the plight of the species.
Sapphire enjoyed her last supper with her mother and friend, as well as enjoying scratches from her dedicated keepers, before commencing the trip North.
The female bilby, Sapphire, is the first animal bred for release by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo as part of the national recovery program, and is now relocating to Dubbo where she will join an exclosure to breed with other bilbies and learn survival skills necessary for future releases.
Will Meikle, Curator says: “It’s a sad day as we bid farewell to Sapphire but we’re excited for the next step in the Release to the Wild program. She still has her mother and one other female here waiting for an incoming male as part of our continued display of bilbies in Darling Harbour.”
Once common across Australia, best estimates now put the country’s Greater bilby population at less than 10,000 meaning the species is now considered to be declining towards extinction.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has contributed to this recovery breeding program on-site in partnership with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA).
Click here for more information on WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s conservation work