Kristin Bauer van Straten creating documentary to end rhino and elephant poaching

Most of you know Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam from HBO’s popular series “True Blood,” but did you know she is extremely passionate about animals? The actress is currently creating a documentary to educate others about elephant and rhino poaching, in addition to finding a solution that will finally end this horrific act.

“Out for Africa” is a documentary created by van Straten and her husband to tell a story “about the people, the land and the horrific Elephant Ivory and Rhino horn poaching that is at an all time high since it was banned in 1989,” she reveals on Kickstarter.

With assistance from a camera crew, they will speak with Kenyans, experts and heroes about what is happening, solutions and how others can lend a hand. Bauer says, “They are living this crisis and working very hard to stop it, they know what can be done – they just need a larger voice.

“Together is the only way elephants and rhino may make it and also the only way I will be able to do make this documentary. In the last six months two species of rhino have gone extinct and more are on the brink. I don’t think we can afford to wait to do something,” the actress says.

She is also reaching out to her fans for help with backing the documentary by auctioning off great items, especially from her “True Blood” co-stars. So far, 222 generous people have donated a total of $19,501. The goal is to reach $30,000. If you’re looking to help van Straten out, be sure to visit her site before Aug. 19.

“The heroes in Africa really can’t do this alone and nether can I. I hope you will be inspired to come on this incredible journey of passion and love with my husband and me,” van Straten says.

Check out her video below, and see how she came up with the idea, why it’s so important to her and why she is speaking out on behalf of those who don’t have a voice.

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