The bilby.
The bilby.

Pink Lady chocolates raise money for threatened species

IF EVER you needed an excuse to buy chocolate, saving the endangered bilby must come high on the list.

On the eve of Threatened Species Day, the maker of Pink Lady chocolates has signed an agreement with the Save the Bilby Fund for a new line of fundraising chocolates to provide year-round help for the iconic native animal.

Tomorrow's event is held on September 7 each year to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the sale of four Pink Lady chocolate bilbies followed other business support from companies such as Glencore Xstrata which had provided about $3.2 million to date to recover the northern hairy-nosed wombat, one of the world's rarest species.

"We have approximately 176 threatened species across Queensland and it is vital that we have strong collaboration between all levels of government together with industry and wildlife carers to help protect our most vulnerable species," he said.

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