Jani Haenke Foundation trustee Angela Geertsma (left) meets Lester the bilby and playwright Alexandra McCallum.
Jani Haenke Foundation trustee Angela Geertsma (left) meets Lester the bilby and playwright Alexandra McCallum. Sarah Harvey

Spotlight on endangered animals

THE mere sight of a rare live bilby has spurred many an Australian native animal lover on a campaign to save the endearing marsupial.

Save the Bilby Fund founder Frank Manthey estimates that only between 600 and 700 of the wild animals remain in Queensland.

A play being developed by the Queensland Arts Council, with Mr Manthey's help, will focus on three endangered animals - the bilby, cassowary and dugong.

CEO Arthur Frame said part of a $100,000 grant from the Jani Haenke Foundation had funded the production.

"About 150,000 kids aged from preschool to Years 6 and 7 will see the production in 2012 and 2013," he said. "It's based on the Three Little Pigs story with 'pigs' crossed out and 'endangered animals' put in."

The 50-minute-long play, written by Alexandra McCallum, is almost ready for rehearsal.



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