National Bilby Day is held annually on the second Sunday of September.
Why not celebrate it with some or all of the National Bilby Day activities below.
Download, print and make your free bilby mask
Act the bilby
Hop, dig, hop, hop, dig around the house and backyard, or in public if you choose. We received quite a few stares at our local nursery while trying to get a photo of Miss Possum with some spinifex-like grass for the occasion.
Read some bilby story books
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- Bilby Moon by Margaret Spurling
- Melly and the Bilby by Susan-Zela Bissett and Stephen Hagan
- Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox
Watch this video
This is a great video for kids, although I personally don’t think the puppet looks anything like the furry marsupial we are talking about!
Donate to the Save the Bilby Fund
Founders of Save the Bilby Fund, Frank Manthey and Peter McRae, built a sanctuary in the Currawinya Park near Charleville.
This sanctuary is not a zoo but a 250sq km electrified predator-proof fence that allows bilbies to roam free without the interference from feral pests like wild cats and foxes. On-going funds are needed for bilby research and to help maintain the fence.
Yes, you read right.
Eating chocolate, specifically Darrell Lea bilby chocolate, supports Save the Bilby Fund. Darrell Lea has been supporting the cause since 1999 and they have raised over $319,000 through chocolate sales alone.
Hop over to this website for more fun stuff
This website includes free printables’ such as mazes, dot-to-dots, fact sheets and more
Encourage your child’s school to help support the Day
Schools can help bilbies by selling merchandise and educating their students about the furry marsupial. Approach your school early to give them time to organize an event.
Build a bilby
Search around your house for reusable products and see if you can make a bilby puppet like ours.
Write a story about bilbies with your child
Study the books in point three and then rewrite a new version or come up with your own story line. Who’s the main character? What’s their quest? how does it end?
Which National Bilby Day activities will you do celebrate and bring awareness to the plight of the bilby?