Where they live
- Bilbies live in Queensland and Northern Territory and Western Australia.
- They used to live over most of the Australian mainland but the arrival of predators has limited Bilbies from their home range.
- For many years there were no records of bilbies in QLD
- Then the QLD National Parks surveyed in Diamantina Shire between 1981 and 1985 but failed to find any Bilbies, but found suspected habitats.
- It wasn't until they focused on longer surveys in these areas and historic sites that Bilbies were rediscovered in 1988.
- Now the Bilby is also found in Western Queensland.
- Queensland's largest group of Bilbies lives in one area west of the Diamantina River in the states far west.
- And the bilby lives in many Zoos around the world.
Bilbies live in many areas across Australia, they like desert areas and rockey areas.They are from Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Bilby once lived over most of Australian. But the arrival of predators has eliminated Bilbies from most of their former range. Its closest relative, the Lesser Bilby, is extinct.
For many years there were no records of Bilbies in Queensland, and some thought that the species had become extinct in the state. Then the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service surveys in Diamantina Shire between 1981 and 1985 failed to find any Bilbies, although they did find suspected Bilby habitats. It wasn’t until they focused more lengthy surveys on these areas that Bilbies were rediscovered in 1988.
Now the Bilby is found in a few places in western Queensland. Queensland's largest remaining group of Bilbies lives in one area west of the Diamantina River in the State's far west, which includes populations in Astrebla Downs National Park and Diamantina National Park. Bilbies have also been re-introduced into Currawinya National Park. Across the rest of Australia, the Bilby is restricted to parts of the Great Sandy, Gibson and Tanami deserts in central Australia and the Pilbara and west Kimberley in Western Australia. Bilbies have also been introduced to various sites in Western Australia and South Australia and to Scotia Reserve in New South Wales.
The Greater Bilby also lives in many zoos around the world.
- Unlike other Bandicoots Bilbies dig Burrows to be as deep as 2 meters and three meters wide.
- The single entrances are usually close to a termite mound or shrub.
- Bilbies can live in many habitats that include grass plains, sandstone ridges, rocky soils, hummock and tussock grasslands and Acacia shrub lands.
- It selects grassy homes so that it can move about easily, see or sense any lurking predators, and always has a clear run to get home.
Bilbies can live in many habitats that include desert areas and areas in the top of Australia. They also live Mitchell grass plains, sandstone ridges, gibber plains, rocky soils with little ground cover, Spinifex, hummock and tussock grasslands, and Acacia shrub lands. It selects grassy homes so that it can move about easily, see or sense any lurking predators, and always has a clear run back home. It tends to live a solitary life, digging many spiralling burrows into the ground. On average the bilby will dig a new burrow every couple weeks, and over time will use every one of them.
Change Of Environment
- Another reason is changed fire patterns
- And also another reason is they can't find permanent water anywhere.
Bilbies are mosly endangered because of change of Environment. As bilbies can live in a variety of habitats, eat a range of foods, survive with standing water, and breed rapidly, they should be more common than they are. So why isn’t the outback filled with bilbies.
In Queensland, the impact of predators such as foxes and cats has had the greatest effect on bilby numbers and continues to be the most serious problem.
The addition of artificial water points into the arid zone has contributed to be misusing of bilby populations. This has come about a lot as a result of predators being able to roam over greater areas when provided with an access to permanent water. Bilby habitat is also increasing, as a result of deadly competition for food with rabbits, and other factors such as changed of fire patterns.
- Farms with sheep and cattle have destroyed the bilbies habitat.
- Humans are not stopping predators from killing the bilbies.
- Humans have taken over their habitats for housing.
Bilbies are mainly endangered because of human impact. Because humans own farms and their cattle and other animals have destroyed the Bilbies habitat. Bilbies are easy prey for foxes, dogs and feral cats. They can't find permanent water to drink because the predators have taken over their water.