Over 1,200 Bilbies will celebrate Easter at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary
- Scotia | Yookamurra | Mt Gibson | Pungalina-Seven Emu
- Field Programs
- Wildlife translocations | Science: surveys and research | Feral cat and fox control
- Greater Bilby | Bridled Nailtail Wallaby | Golden-backed Tree-rat | Sharman's Rock Wallaby | Northern Quoll | Numbat | Carpentarian Pseudantechinus | Woylie | Western Barred Bandicoot
April 2015: Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is pleased to report that the wild Bilby population at Scotia is now estimated to be more than 1,200 animals. Together with a second population at Yookamurra, AWC protects approximately 15% of the entire Bilby population (estimated at less than 10,000 animals across Australia).
Click here to see rare video footage of a Bilby emerging from its burrow at Scotia!
The old growth mallee woodlands and majestic sand dunes at Scotia, protected by special conservation fencing and a dedicated team of AWC field staff, provide a secure, feral predator-free environment for the iconic Bilby. Sadly, the Bilby population across the rest of Australia is in a state of ongoing decline, primarily as a result of feral cats and foxes. The last wild Bilby population in Queensland is now estimated at only 200 animals after a catastrophic decline driven by feral cats.
Outside of Scotia, it is a similar tale of woe for the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby. The population of this beautiful wallaby in national parks has declined to around 300 animals. In contrast, the wild population of Bridled Nailtail Wallabies at Scotia has increased to more than 2,400 animals. AWC protects over 85% of the entire Bridled Nailtail Wallaby population.
With your support, AWC is leading the way in the fight to protect and restore Australia’s mammal populations. In addition to Bilbies and Bridled Nailtail Wallabies, AWC is playing a critical role in the conservation of many threatened mammals including:
- the Northern Quoll (we protect three different populations);
- the Golden-backed Tree-rat (we have conducted the only detailed research on this species);
- Sharman’s Rock-wallaby (we protect 80% of the entire population);
- the Numbat (AWC protects the only Numbat populations which are not in decline);
- the Western Barred Bandicoot (Mt Gibson will increase the global population by 30%); and
- the Carpentarian Pseudantechinus (this species is found in only one mainland protected area – Pungalina-Seven Emu).
Please help AWC protect Australia's threatened wildlife
Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. Around 30% of our surviving mammal species (excluding bats) are listed as nationally threatened. Feral cats are the single greatest threat to Australia’s endangered mammals: across the continent, feral cats kill an estimated 75 million native animals every night.
This Easter, please help AWC protect Australia’s threatened wildlife. With around 80% of our staff in the field, AWC delivers effective, practical conservation for more threatened species than any other non-government organisation in Australia. Your support will help AWC draw a line in the sand … preventing the extinction, and helping restore wild populations, of species like the Bilby.