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A photographic exploration and documentary all about life, love, and loss at the world's only Sloth Sanctuary, located in Costa Rica.

UPDATE: We did it! We made it to our minimum goal of $1400!

But the work isn't over. $1400 is the absolute minimum the project can survive on. Our new goal: $2000. Please keep sharing the link and pledging.

It's only possible with your help. THANK YOU!

The world is awakening to a new time: A time when the sloth reigns supreme. A time when celebrities are caught in adorable fits of excitement over the mere possibility of sloth visitation. A time when much searching and significantly less finding is being done in the world of sloth photography.

It is this photographer's mission to participate in the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica's newly created Artist in Residency program. Having been accepted into the program, I must expand my budget to include travel expenses, sanctuary housing fees, a music budget, editing, etc... so that this photographic exploration and documentary can be something we can all be proud to be a part of.

You have the opportunity to make this project grow to match your interest. With enough pre-sold photo books, publishers may be interested in making it widely available. Additional projects at other sanctuaries around the world could happen based upon the success of this project. It all starts here. It all starts with your support. This project cannot succeed without you. Thank you for backing this expedition and for sharing this KickStarter page with your friends and family.

NEW!!!

This is the $62 Lap of Luxury reward. These are available in extremely limited quantities as they do take up considerable luggage space. But see: Super cute. All it needs is a sleepy sloth right in the middle, wouldn't you agree?

To learn more about sloths and the sanctuary, visit the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica's website here

Where is the money going? 

The cost of roundtrip airfare and lodging expenses at the Sanctuary alone comes to over $2,000. Other expenses include: Additional high speed memory cards and camera batteries, new lenses, tripods, 2 external hard drives, printing materials, shipping materials and postage, plenty of hand sanitizer, and as many cheap, durable camcorders as we can get our hands on. 

The intention with the cheap cams is to set them up on tripods during the night and in the areas where I can't be while I'm working in other areas (example: cams in the nursery and slothpital while I'm photographing and filming bath time). The more cams, the more angles we can cover and the documentary will be. My cameras will be professional grade, but I feel it would be an unnecessary cost and risk to leave such cameras unattended. These cheap camcorders get the job done without running up the cost of the project or posing an unreasonable loss should one become damaged or destroyed.

You may find yourself wondering how this project can succeed with a mere $1400 in Kickstarter funding if the costs have already amounted to over $2000. It's simple, really: The flights and lodging have already been paid for out of pocket. Our family is fully invested in making sure this project succeeds. The funds secured through Kickstarter are what will take the project to the next level. 

Thank you for all your support!  

Original art created for this campaign by Sam Wilson

**UPDATE** It has come to our attention that in Costa Rica, there is a large market for photos with baby sloths. In order to foster this practice and give tourists a chance to take vacation photos, many mother sloths are killed. OUR EXPEDITION WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PARTICIPATE IN OR SUPPORT THIS PRACTICE. All photos and videos taken will be taken at or around the sanctuary. We will be going the extra mile to help the sloths and will not hurt them or do anything to promote their suffering in any way. We support the mission of the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. 

These are the sloth dolls available for the first two people to pledge the $65 level. (SOLD OUT.)

Samples of Candace's Photography: 

FAQ

  • Ever shopped on http://Amazon.com? It's that secure. In fact, it's the same thing. Kickstarter will have you check out through Amazon's site. Completely safe. Completely secure. I've personally backed projects on this site and I've never had a problem with it.

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  • If I reach my goal of $1400 in pledges, your card will be charged on March 15th. If I fail to collect $1400 in pledges, it'll be like your pledge never happened and you will never be charged.

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  • Absolutely! Just not through me or Kickstarter. Try collecting soda cans & taking them to the recycling center for extra funds. Ask your roommates, co-workers, friends, or family to pitch in together to buy the pledge reward you want for your birthday. Donate plasma. There are lots of ways to come up with a few extra dollars this week.

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    "Sloth Fan" reward: Your name (or the name of a friend, if you'd like to gift this) will appear in the "Thank You" section of our website.

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    Backers who pledge $2 or more will receive an mp3 download of "Baby Luigi's Song" as heard on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOMup66GcLE

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    "I support the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica Artist in Residency Program" 4.5" x 2.7" oval sticker (U.S., Canada, and Mexico only)

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    A 5 x 7 in. print from the expedition (U.S., Canada, and Mexico only)

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    One of the $5 reward level stickers will be included with your 5 x 7 in. print from the expedition. This reward also includes the "Sloth Fan" reward. *Add $10 shipping for any address outside of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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    "Anything but Slothful" Reward International version: You will receive a digital download of this short documentary (possibly with a separate bloopers download. I'll hope not... you'll hope so... we'll meet somewhere in the middle)

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    "Anything but Slothful" Reward: You will receive a DVD of this short documentary (possibly with a bloopers reel. I'll hope not... you'll hope so... we'll meet somewhere in the middle) in a environmentally friendly paper slip case. *Add $10 shipping for orders outside of the U.S.

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    20 page 8 x 6 in. softcover photo book from the expedition. *Add $10 for orders outside of the U.S.

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    "Sloth Buddy" Reward: I will take time to film a clip of an individual sloth at the sanctuary for each person who pledges this level. No one else (including others who pledge on this level) will have this clip. You can do whatever you like with it: I will share the ownership rights with you! You cannot get in trouble for claiming this as your own. You can post it to YouTube, give it as a gift; totally up to you. I will include whatever information I can about the sloth in your video: Name, age, etc. Each clip will be a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 3 minutes.This reward does not include a copy of the photo book or documentary.

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    Sloths love teddy bears. For your pledge of $42, I will buy a teddy bear as a gift from you to a sloth. I will take this teddy to Costa Rica and then photograph your grateful sloth friend hugging your bear. I will be certain to tell the sloth who the gift came from and to photograph the sloth enjoying the toy. I will email you at least 2 digital images of the sloth enjoying your gift.

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    Casey's Choice: You will receive the DVD and the 8x6 in. softcover photo book. *Add $10 shipping for orders outside of the U.S. (DVD will be shipped in Feb. 2013, book will be shipped Jul. 2012)

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    "Sloth Observer" Reward: Minimum 20 page 11 x 8.5 in. softcover photo book from the expedition. (These books will be sent out before the smaller books.) Each of these books will be signed by the photographer and will include a personalized thank you. *Add $10 for orders outside of the U.S.

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    The Lap of Luxury: Your sloth friend will receive a snuggly stuffed animal to hug & a warm bed to sleep in as a gift from you. I will photograph your grateful sloth friend receiving this gift & I will be certain to tell the sloth who the gift came from. I will email you at least 2 digital images of the sloth enjoying your gift and will let you know everything I can about that particular sloth (Gender, age, name, etc)

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    "Anything But Slothful" DVD with a handmade sloth doll. Doll's body measures approximately 13", arms measure approximately 12". See the sloths at: http://tinyurl.com/7ogs23z *Add $20 shipping for orders outside of the U.S. Note that while sloth doll will be delivered in April 2012, documentary will not be delivered until February 2013.

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    Individually signed and numbered, these minimum 20 page 11 x 8.5 in. Hardcover photo books from the expedition will each include a personalized message and thank you from the photographer. These will be among the FIRST books sent out. *Add $20 shipping for orders outside of the U.S. Additional shipping for Canada, and Mexico is only $10.

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    "Sloth Lover" Reward Level: Individually signed and numbered, these Special Edition minimum 23 page 13 x 10 in. Hardcover photo books will include a personal message and thank you from the photographer as well as 3 pages of her journal writings from the trip that will not be available anywhere else! These will be among the FIRST books sent out. *Add $20 shipping for orders outside of the U.S. Additional shipping for Canada, and Mexico is only $10.

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    "Executive Producer" credit on the documentary, your name printed in the thank you's at the end of the photo book, the DVD of the "Anything but Slothful" documentary, a very special (I'm not disclosing how) copy of the photo book, and a thank you note.

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    "Sloth Artifact" Reward: Includes "Sloth Buddy", "Sloth Lover", "Anything but Slothful", and "Sloth Fan" rewards plus the shirt I wear the most while at the sanctuary and a small journal of leaf rubbings from my time in the forest.

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