Six days to go and just about 80 percent of the way home--it's getting close! The response to the project has been extremely positive with people excited about the Kickstarter model, amphibian conservation, or the opportunity to fund a journalism initiative in such an alternative way. Last week the Poynter Institute interviewed a number of journalists who are using Kickstarter including myself and published an article about it: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp...
In other news, I've changed a couple of the rewards! Donors who give (or have given) $125 will now get a framed 8"x12" photograph taken by myself in Tanzania. It could be a surprise or if there's something you'd like to request, I'm up for the challenge! Also, anyone who gives $200 will now be treated to dinner in NYC with me and Jenny Pramuk, the amphibian expert from the Bronx Zoo who has spent years taking care of the Kihansi spray toads in captivity. This will be a dinner to remember: good food, great conversation and an education in frog conservation to boot.
A very warm thank you to the 51 backers to date. You've made this dream a real possibility. If you can think of one other person who might be interested in the project, I encourage you to send them the link or pick up the phone as we near the finish line...
More updates in the days to come,
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An Origami Super Frog! Get a little piece of art handmade by me (probably on the plane ride to Tanzania or on a bus into the mountains) and sent to you in the mail. These little origami froggies can jump and will be created from the finest quality paper. Want a specific color? Just let me know! Want to give me a challenge? I'll attempt any origami frog diagram you send my way, no matter how difficult!
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Access to the online travelog and a personal postcard sent to you from Tanzania.
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All of the above plus a bag of Tanzanian-grown coffee sent your home upon my return State-side.
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A framed 8x12 photograph taken in Tanzania by myself.
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A personally selected "tingatinga" piece of art, a traditional Tanzanian form of painting that includes colorful motifs of animals and flowers.
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Dinner with myself and the lovely Jenny Pramuk in New York City. Pramuk is an amphibian expert at the Bronx Zoo who has worked tirelessly to conserve the Kihansi spray toad and return the species to Tanzania.
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