More recently the Easter Bilbies have been made by Fyna Foods, a company founded in 1947 and most famous for the Wizz Fizz sherbert bags. The Fyna Foods bilbies are
In the Australian Bush Friends range, Fyna also has chocolate Tasmanian Devils, Kangaroos, Koalas and Frogs. Sales of the characters are not restricted to Easter.
The Save the Bilby Fund was established in 1999 to raise money and awareness to help stop the steady decline of bilbies. The fund helps support bilby conservation initiatives including a breeding program and a “bilby fence” creating a predator-free zone in Western Queensland. Their website says:
Of the six bandicoot species that once lived in the arid and semi-arid areas of Australia, only the bilby remains. It is listed as ‘endangered’ in Queensland and ‘vulnerable’ nationally. It is the only surviving representative of the sub-family Thylacomyinae and one of the few medium-sized native mammals remaining in arid Australia.