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.