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Five things to know about bilbies

March 26, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

1.Bilby Ears – so we already know they have famously large ears, which help them regulate their temperature but did you know that a bilby has droopy ears when it sleeps as its all about blood flow 

2.Bilby Breeding – the bilby gestation period is only 14 days, just one day longer than the Opossum, which holds the record for the animal with the shortest gestation period.  The bilby also almost always gives birth to twins (sometimes triplets) 

3.Bilby Diet – bilbies are omnivores and dig for much of their food which includes bulbs, seeds, fungi, fruit, grubs, termites, insects, spiders and lizards.  Bilbies don’t need to drink water regularly as they can obtain all the water they need from food which helps them to survive in arid conditions 

4.Bilby conservation – once bilbies inhabited 70 percent of Australia but environmental changes, feral foxes and cats, competition with rabbits and grazing animals as well as land clearing and degradation have contributed to the decline in their numbers. Featherdale Wildlife Park is contributing to change this with their conservation efforts and by Easter will have a new female bilby at the park and will commence their bilby-breeding program 

5.Where can you find a bilby – bilbies use to be found all over Australia but now will only be found in the wild in Queensland, Northern Territory of Western Australia.  But you can also see them at Featherdale Wildlife Park a long with the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals 

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