Happy Easter From Your New Bilby Buddy Boj!

19/04/2014

Boj wishes you a Happy Easter

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter from Boj, Pops, Mimi and all his buddies!

For a lot of people, this week will be the first time they’ve ever heard of a bilby! But thanks to the royal visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, and the thought that ‘bilby’ might be Prince George’s first word, there’s becoming a bit of a bilby buzz!

So – if you want to know more about our little furry friends are some bilby facts…

  • Australian marsupial with rear facing pouch
  • 600-700 left in the wild
  • Originally two species of bilby, but one became extinct in the 1950s
  • Also known as Rabbit-eared Bandicoots
  • Strong forearms to dig long spiral tunnels
  • Life span of 6-7 years in the wild and 11 years in captivity
  • Excellent sense of smell and a long, sticky tongue which they use to collect seeds and worms from the ground
  • Nocturnal, with very poor eyesight and sensitive to light
  • Long ears so that when they are digging, a portion of them remains
    above ground level so they can hear any predators approaching
  • Once inhabited 70% of Australia – now they are only found in small
    areas in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South-west Queensland
  • The introduced European rabbit competes with bilbies for burrows and food

A chocolate easter bilby for Save the Bilby fund

In Australia there’s a drive to sell chocolate bilbies instead of bunnies at Easter – raising well needed money for the Save the Bilby Fund.  We hope to help the fund further when Boj launches worldwide.  www.savethebilbyfund.com

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