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How sweet is this?! Cococo Chocolatiers partnering with Calgary Zoo to raise funds to help protect lemurs in the wild.

Posted: 11/18/2016


Calgary chocolate company continues support for conservation organization with city-wide chocolate bar fundraising initiative.


Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® (Cococo) and the Calgary Zoo are excited to unveil their next unique partnership. Together, the two will focus on the Calgary Zoo’s lemur conservation project in Madagascar through sales of a custom-made chocolate bar.


"What better way to support the Calgary Zoo and these amazing primates than with sustainable chocolate?" says Cococo’s Marketing Director Kristen Halpen. "We’re excited to launch this program at the busiest time of year in our shops, and can’t wait to welcome lemurs to the zoo in 2017. Everyone who purchases a bar can feel like they have helped protect lemurs in the wild."


Cococo has designed and produced 56 gram chocolate bars to retail at 11 of their Calgary stores, their Banff location, as well as at the Calgary Zoo. The bars are sold individually at the Calgary Zoo, and as a special gift three-pack at Cococo locations and at the Calgary Zoo. A portion of the proceeds will support the Calgary Zoo’s conservation work in Madagascar helping one of the world’s most endangered primates. Cococo only uses couverture-quality, palm oil free chocolate made with Rainforest Allianceā„¢ Certified cocoa and cocoa butter.


Working with partners, the Calgary Zoo will contribute $100,000 over four years to address key areas to help lemurs and local people. These areas of focus include funding tree nurseries used for reforestation of lemur habitat, supporting long-term lemur population monitoring and improving the livelihoods of local people by creating sustainable job opportunities.


Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® and the Calgary Zoo originally united following the 2013 Calgary floods after both were severely impacted. Since then the organizations have worked together annually to promote sustainability, and support for the zoo and its conservation efforts through various events, contests and offers.


The bars retail for $3.95 each or $11.50 for the three-pack.


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About Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut®


Based in Calgary, Alberta, Cococo Chocolatiers Inc. operates nine corporate stores in Calgary, one in Banff, three in British Columbia, and three in Ottawa. Cococo Chocolatiers also supports 12 other stores run by independent dealers throughout Canada and the United States. The company employs over 100 people. Cococo’s couverture chocolate only uses cocoa and cocoa butter sourced via the Rainforest Alliance Certificationā„¢ program. They offer the finest chocolate products under the Cococo and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® brands. For more information please visit:


About the Calgary Zoo


The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.


Charitable Registration #118824192 RR0001


For Cococo Chocolatiers Inc. media inquiries, please contact:

Kristen Halpen, Marketing Director

P: (587) 999-0524


For Calgary Zoo media inquiries, please contact:


Trish Exton-Parder, Lead, Media Relations

P: (403) 371-9075


For further information, contact:

Kristen Halpen, Marketing Director