Did you know
Before Australia was settled by Europeans, Bilbies could be found in about 70% of the Australian mainland.
The female Bilby's pouch opens backwards to avoid filling with dirt while digging her burrow.
At only 14 days, the Bilby has one of the shortest gestation periods of all mammals.
Baby Bilbies are carried for the first 75 days in their mother's pouch.
The non-native foxes and feral cats prey on Bilbies and one of the causes for the Bilby decline.
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It may come as a surprise to some people, but rabbits are not native to Australia. Because of the damage they do, they're unpopular here and some states even ban owning a rabbit.
For over 10 years the Foundation for Rabbit-Free Australia has campaigned to replace the Easter Bunny with the endangered Easter Bilby (Greater Bilby - Macrotis Lagotis).
The Easter Bilby is an important reminder to Australians of the plight of our native wildlife. The Greater Bilby is on the endangered list living in the wild only in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and a small corner of south western Queensland.
We hope you'll visit the Easter Bilby website funded by Darrell Lea (makers of wonderful chocolates) and learn how you can support this endangered Australian animal.
Do your part to spread the word about this Aussie native and send our free Bilby Card.
1873 ... A group of explorers led by Peter Egerton Warburton were looking for a crossing from the Overland Telegraph Line in Alice Springs to Perth, WA. Included in his party were 17 camels.
During this trek, which began 15 April 1873, they were constantly forced to head north to search for water. Being low on provisions, they began eating their camels.
On Christmas Day 1873 the expedition ate its last camel. It was probably necessary, but it could not have been a Christmas they would fondly remember.
Cathy M. thought some people might think Australia didn't have camels any more. While the Warburton explorers might have eaten their last camel, it certainly wasn't Australia's last.
In 1840 the first camels were brought into Australia from the Canary Islands. 26 years later Sir Thomas Elder at Beltana Station, SA setup the first stud operation providing quality breeders for the next 50 years. Imports from India and Palestine, however, continued until 1907 bringing in an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 camels.
The camels brought into Australia were almost exclusively the one-humped camels (Camelus dromedarius) because they are highly suited to the Australian climate. Only a few two-humped camels (Camelus bactrianus) were imported (Two-humped camels are best suited to cold deserts.)
Today camels can be found roaming wild in the interior of Australia. Camel racing occurs in different parts of Australia and there are camel treks for tourists to enjoy.
Take an Australian tour on the back of a camel.
Steakhouse restaurant serving camel, crocodile, emu, and kangaroo meals.
To continue our animal theme, we'd like to share with you three interesting organizations . . .
Australian Support Dogs (ASDOG) is a registered charity that raises and trains dogs to assist people with physical disabilities.
Dogs Across Australia offers information and encourages the support of 'No Kill' Rescue Shelters across Australia and to rehome unwanted pets.
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