Greater Bilbys are also known as the Pig Footed Bandicoot. In the wild they usually only live for 5 years. They have a couple of adaptations to help them survive in the wild. Bilby's have massive ears to help them hear predators coming. Another one of their adaptations is their borrows. Their burrows are used to get away from preatures and they can be 2 meters deep and they can even have 12 burrows at once.
The Bilbys don't live in various areas that it used to live in. It lives in stony deserts.
Bilby's are not fussy eaters. They will eat insects, seeds, roots, small burring animals and fungi. Just like Koalas they rarely drink because they get most of it from their food.
A Bilby will have 1-2 babes at once. It only take her 3 months to raise them. And after that she breeds again.
A feral cat at the entry of a bilby burrow:
There are less then 600 left in they wild and are classed as Endangered Their biggest threats are feral animals. Especially feral cats, foxes and hooved animals. Cats and Foxes prey on them and hooved animals mess up the soil so they can't burrow. Rabbits get all the nutricious food leaving them with no food or the less nutritious food.
The Greater Bilby is the symbol in desert conservation. There are now chocolate bilbys for easter. When you buy one you are raising money for Bilby conservation. There are many zoos doing breeding programs with Bilbys. Save the Bibly Fund is trying very hard to save this species.
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