Love is in the air for our wildlife
Are you looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day? We are running a special Discovery Tour on Sunday 14th Feb, where you can find out about our breeding programs and what makes them so successful.
The bilby is a type of bandicoot, scientific name: Macrotis lagotis. The bilby has many common names, including: Greater Bilby, Dalgyte, and Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot. With its soft grey fur, white underbelly, black and white tail, long pointy pink nose, and large ears, the bilby is a very distinctive looking animal. It is a nocturnal marsupial, with a backward-facing pouch. The bilby is an omnivore and its natural diet includes seeds, fruits, bulbs, fungi, worms, insects, and other small animals. The bilby is very proficient at digging, and lives in deep underground burrows.
We have been running our bilby breeding program since 1996, and following advice from the Studbook Keeper, animals are regularly transferred between different captive breeding centres. Find out more here.
A woylie is a brush tailed bettong, scientific name: Bettongia penicillata. Woylies are a small brown kangaroo-like animal that weighs up to 1.8kg. They live in eucalypt forests and eat fungi as well as other plant material, digging shallow holes and moving more than 5 tonnes of soil per year. ‘Woylie’ comes from the Noongar language, meaning ‘stick-carrier’ as they carry sticks in their tails to make nests.
We have been running our woylie breeding program since 2007, and aim to release woylies into fenced reserves. Find out more here.
Our Valentines Day tour is open to families, couples, singles; everyone’s welcome! Bookings are essential either online or over the phone.