The Australian Bilby. Bilbies are nocturnal omnivores that do not need to drink water, as they get all the moisture they need from their food, which includes…
Bilby-These cute little animals are an endangered species. Bilby’s don’t drink water, they get enough from the food they eat. They sleep during the day in deep burrows and forage at night and are found mostly throughout the arid, dry areas of Australia. Once widespread in arid, semi-arid and relatively fertile areas, the Greater Bilby is now restricted to arid wastelands.
Bilbies beware: a threatened species. Fred Ford has revisited John Gould's work on Australian mammals 150 years later: “John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia“ illustrates how susceptible Australia’s fauna are isolated from the rest of the world. Verica Jokic observes, “Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world. It took us 100 years to kill off as many species as the rest of the world did in the previous 400.”
The Australian Bilby. Bilbies are nocturnal omnivores that do not need to drink water, as they get all the moisture they need from their food, which includes insects and their larvae, seeds, spiders, bulbs, fruit, fungi, and very small animals. Most food is found by digging or scratching in the soil, and using their very long tongues. The term bilby is a loan word from the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales, meaning long-nosed rat. Conservation status: vulnerable.