Australian animals

How we work to save bilbies

Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The clock is ticking for the vulnerable Greater Bilby and other endangered native species

The Nature Conservancy is playing its part in the recovery of the bilby listed as vulnerable to extinction.
Greater Bilby The Nature Conservancy is playing its part in the recovery of the bilby listed as vulnerable to extinction. © Jiri Lochman

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Did you know the bil­­by is nature’s “eco-engineer”?

Greater bilbies are important in the restoration of soil and rejuvenation of vegetation in arid Australia. They use their strong front paws to dig deep holes in soil that enables plant material to fall in and decompose. At the same time, soil is aerated which supports seed germination.

Bilbies essentially create numerous compost pits every night. That’s nature’s perfectly balanced ecosystem at work, but it’s threatened by the decline of bilbies.

Habitat destruction, introduced species and urban development threaten the survival of the bilby and other native species. With the decline of Australia’s native wildlife, our ecosystem hangs in the balance.

That’s why The Nature Conservancy works across Australia to protect our natural environment—for bilbies, for other wildlife, and for people. Your support can make a big difference. 

See how we've partnered with Indigenous rangers to protect the Greater Bilby

Our impact See how we've partnered with Indigenous rangers to protect the Greater Bilby

Martu Country is home to probably the world's largest surviving population of greater bilbies, but they're in trouble. Feral cats are a major cause of their decline. Our scientists have worked with the Martu Rangers to develop to best way to monitor their land and manage the survival of these unique and vulnerable species. 

Learning more about where bilbies are found, monitoring trends in their populations and determining best practice land management are important ways to conserve bilbies in the wild. That’s why we teamed up with the University of Melbourne to conduct a long-term study of bilbies on Martu country to find out more. 

You can help us conserve precious habitats that maintain nature’s balance. Make the most generous gift you can today.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The clock is ticking for the vulnerable Greater Bilby and unique animals such as the bum-breathing Fitzroy River Turtle. They could face an uncertain fate unless people like you step in. Every person, including you, have a key role to play in the survival of our natural world.

Each and every day, we make choices that impact our beautiful planet. You can make a difference for nature today by taking advantage of this opportunity!

$30 could help conserve 1,200 hectares of habitat for a year
$60 could help conserve 2,400 hectares of habitat for a year
$120 could help conserve 4,800 hectares of habitat for a year
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Thanks to people like you, we have helped to protect a combined area of 127 million hectares of Australia’s iconic lands and waters. That’s an area nearly the size of the Northern Territory!

With your support, we can do so much more. Nature is defenceless against habitat destruction, and that’s why our scientists and conservation managers are working to devise and implement the most-effective, largest-scale conservation projects we can. But we can only do it if people like you step up to support out work.

You can help protect wildlife habitats for bilbies and other creatures, so that they don’t go the same way as the extinct Lesser Bilby and Tasmanian Tiger. 

There’s so much more to do to prevent Australia’s native wildlife from disappearing forever.

Not only would your gift help protect the natural balance of Australia’s vital ecosystems, it shows you value Australia’s natural landscapes that form crucial wildlife habitats.

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TNC Australia is a fully accredited member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association for added peace of mind. © The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been protecting the environment for nearly 70 years. From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, TNC is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is to create a world where people and nature can thrive. With your support, we can put the best conservation science into action right now.

In the last three financial years, 75% of gifts have gone straight into conservation programs. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for nature now and for the future of our planet.