The bilby is featured as part of the Royal Australian Mint's innovative 'Land Series'. The series showcases animals from
the Australian bush and was intended for both seasoned and younger collectors. The
The bilby is an an Australian marsupial found predominately in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. They live in predominately arid regions within spiral burrows and predominately eat insects, larvae, seeds, and fruit. (Department of the Environment and Energy, 2004) Amazingly the bilby does not need to drink as it is able to get all its required water from its food. Until the mid 20th century there existed two species of bilby; the greater lesser. The lesser bilby's extinction has been attributed to a range of factors, including the introduction of foreign predators, competition with rabbits for food, destruction of habitat, and being hunted for food by Indigenous Australians. The remaining greater bilby is today classified as vulnerable by IUCN with many of the same threats as their lesser relative. (IUCN Red List, 2016)
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