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By Angela Daun
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About this project

We are dedicated to the fact that every living being has a right to live well, in peace and free from suffering, life threatening situations, cruelty and violence.  This project seeks to get to the bottom of animal cruelty and violations of animal rights by finding out where these violations originate in order to shine light so that awareness can create change on a global scale. Animal Empire sets out to accomplish this all while keeping the audience engaged with adventure, travel, excitement and many positive stories on animals, their amazing abilities as well as their capacity for helping humans.

Animal Empire, an animal docu-series, will put you in the middle of exotic locations and dangerous situations all from behind the safety of your screen, all for the sake of saving endangered and in-danger animals and inspire our audience to do the same. This is an interactive animal adventure like never before. We will travel across the world on a quest to save all types of animals that are either being mistreated, are endangered, or on the verge of extinction. This is a high energy, engaging, and fun animal and wildlife docu series that combines exotic travel and amazing animals with a quirky, intelligent and passionate guide. 

An endangered sea turtle of Hawaii. Photo Credit: Angela Daun
An endangered sea turtle of Hawaii. Photo Credit: Angela Daun

We want to save the lives of innocent, voiceless animals around the world through action, education, raising awareness, creating change and inspiring others to do the same. We will show it as a fast paced adventure that spans the globe over all types of terrain and through all sorts of dangers – all to save the lives of these beautiful animals! That is why we are hoping that you, our last hope, will feel as passionately about animals as we do and will join us on this journey. 

Several species of Zebras are endangered from hunting, competition from livestock and environmental hazards.  Photo Credit: Angela Daun
Several species of Zebras are endangered from hunting, competition from livestock and environmental hazards. Photo Credit: Angela Daun

Host Angela Daun is a lifelong animal enthusiast who has been rescuing wounded and abandoned animals her whole life. Now she will take that giant leap into the wild, putting her life at risk in order to save the lives of innocent animals. But she won’t do it alone. Along with a team of renowned experts, Angela will fight for endangered and in-danger animals while traveling to remote and dangerous areas around the world, occasionally with the help of guest hosts, actors, models and personalities that you will recognize from film, TV and the Internet.

Protesting the Boknal Dog and Cat meat festival of Korea in Los Angeles, California.
Protesting the Boknal Dog and Cat meat festival of Korea in Los Angeles, California.
Speaking against the sale of animal parts, namely rhino horn and ivory, in California.
Speaking against the sale of animal parts, namely rhino horn and ivory, in California.
From California to China, we support the end of the dog and cat fur and meat trade.
From California to China, we support the end of the dog and cat fur and meat trade.

 Animal Empire will not only investigate the depth and realities of current issues related to  animal cruelty, abuse and endangerment but actually do something about it! We will not just show you what is happening, we will find ways to make change – to actually save these creatures ! Angela and her team will explore the up-close and personal dangers to helpless animals and team up with experts and organizations designed to save them. Animal Empire won’t just help animals but also question those that mean them harm by confronting  them. By interviewing hunters, poachers, animal experts and activists, veterinarians, wildlife biologists, land developers and conservationists, we will explore both sides.

Animal Empire also wants to explore and raise awareness about the intelligence and therapeutic qualities of animals by revealing how the gap between humans and animal species is being bridged by therapy programs that humanely use the natural intuition and intelligence of animals like dolphins, horses, cats, wolves and dogs to treat an array of physical, emotional and mental disorders and ailments.  Animal Empire will also uncover the secret language of animals and show you the world from their perspective, the incredible intelligence and gifts they have to offer the world and what we can learn from them as well as the unbelievable and irreplaceable role they play in holding our ecosystem and world together. 

White Rock Rescue Ranch, California : training horses rescued from slaughter for equine therapy to treat children and adults with autism, PTSD and behavioral challenges.
White Rock Rescue Ranch, California : training horses rescued from slaughter for equine therapy to treat children and adults with autism, PTSD and behavioral challenges.

It will be a wild, emotional, adventurous, and even a tumultuous ride that will show us the modern world of animal issues, discoveries and conservation. You will see what is being done to save them and what needs to be done!

From the Irrawaddy dolphin of the Indo-Pacific that is at risk from entanglement in gillnets, electrocution from electric fishing, to the hunting of the Amur Leopard of Russia with only 30-35 of the animals remaining, to the Iberian Lynx of Spain, the Asian Unicorn, of Vietnam and Laos or the pangolin poaching in China. From the better known lions, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and elephants to the wolves, bobcats & marine life of North America and the nearly extinct Vaquita dolphin of Mexico to the injustices of the domestic animal "shelter" system to the ever cruel fur and dog meat trade in Asia as well as the black market for animal parts and exotic pets. We will tackle these as well as many other animal issues all around the world. We will research, seek out, explore, and embark on an adventurous quest to help save these beautiful beings and the environment that is their home.

A bald eagle that was injured and rehabilitated being taken to be re-released into the wild.
A bald eagle that was injured and rehabilitated being taken to be re-released into the wild.

This fast paced journey will be ripe with excitement, exotic locations, risky endeavors, and colorful characters that will make every minute a literal

cliffhanger! Host Angela Daun will show you the way to these incredible beasts and that to know them is to love them. And to love them is to save them. You don't want to miss out on being a part of revolutionary information and insight that could forever alter the way we interact with the animal empire! 

REWARDS: 

We have worked hard to come up with some exciting rewards for you, because we know you care as much as we do about animals! From photographic prints to limited edition T-shirts and mugs, to giving your name to an animal that you helped us save! We want your involvement because we know you care. You can truly be part of our animal empire! We welcome everyone’s thoughts because we know that all of us have the same goal, and we will get there!

Cecil the Lion,  Animal Empire men's and women's t-shirts available as a reward.
Cecil the Lion, Animal Empire men's and women's t-shirts available as a reward.
"Wise Ocean Traveler" available as print, canvas, t-shirt or hoodie.
"Wise Ocean Traveler" available as print, canvas, t-shirt or hoodie.
"Elephant Power Mandala" from Alec Hamilton's 'Spirit Animal' limited editions available as print, canvas, hoodie or t-shirt.
"Elephant Power Mandala" from Alec Hamilton's 'Spirit Animal' limited editions available as print, canvas, hoodie or t-shirt.
Yellow 'Elephant Power Mandala' on canvas, print, hoodie, or tee.
Yellow 'Elephant Power Mandala' on canvas, print, hoodie, or tee.
Limited edition Rhino print, canvas, hoodie to t-shirt available.
Limited edition Rhino print, canvas, hoodie to t-shirt available.
'Powerful Ally' available as print, canvas, hoodie or tee.
'Powerful Ally' available as print, canvas, hoodie or tee.
"Night Owl Mandala" available as print to canvas.
"Night Owl Mandala" available as print to canvas.
Alec Hamilton's exclusive Lion hoodies.
Alec Hamilton's exclusive Lion hoodies.

Stretch Goals:  While our minimum goal of $25,000 will allow us to create the pilot episode in North America, there are many more stories we want to tell - and even more animals around the world to save.  Please help us reach our stretch goals that are listed below.

 For each funding goal we reach, we will be able to cover those territories and animals as well as the ones below it as seen on this list. 

Risks and challenges

With a project that involves extensive traveling over all types of terrain, often in dangerous conditions, there are bound to be risks and challenges. While these elements will only raise the stakes when it comes to good storytelling, we will rely on proper planning and attaining the proper guides and experts along the way to help ensure everyone’s safety. We see risk as an opportunity to do the right thing. Nothing great comes easy, and we know we will have to push the limits in order to help animals and species themselves that are at risk.
It will be challenging to not only find these endangered and in-danger animals, but also to confront those that are harming them, and even more challenging to actually save the animals we are passionate about protecting. But this is our commitment to you. Throughout the production, we will keep you updated on our progress, challenges, successes, and even failures as we face them.
Every pledge will help to overcome these challenges and bring the project to completion... The more pledges, the more we can do, the further we can go and the more animals we can help.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    We thank you so much for helping us to save the world's animals and we will make sure your contribution will have a real impact!

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    The above as well as a special thanks on the project's social media sites... and good karma!

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    All the above, a personal emailed 'thank you,' and a downloadable link of a printable photo book of animals that you have helped us save! :)

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    Thank you from the Animal Empire!! For a limited time you can get a black 'Animal Empire' Cecil the lion tee shirt seen on the "story" page for this pledge amount! Can make delivery before Christmas!

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    All of the above and a screensaver of one of our exclusive promo shots with Angela and her animal friends.
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    a sneak-peek link of behind the scenes footage.

    Thanks so much for your contribution to saving lives!

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    12x16 print from your choice of amazing animal artwork from Alec Hamilton's exclusive 'Spirit Animal' series as seen on the 'campaign' tab.

    Can arrive by Christmas.

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    All of the above plus our exclusive 'Animal Empire' lion coffee mug in honor of Cecil the lion... (Delivered just in time for Christmas... What a meaningful gift!)
    Our sincere "Thank you" on behalf of the Animal Empire!

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    Your choice of beautiful art covered tee shirts featuring an orca or sea turtle all over print from Alec Hamilton's exclusive Spirit Animals art collection as seen in our "campaign" section. Unisex sizing from XS to 4XL.
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    A special thanks on 'Animal Empire' social media sites.

    Can be shipped in time for Christmas arrival.

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    Everything from the $5, $15 and $35 pledges
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    your choice of our exclusive Animal Empire T-shirt designs. Our Cecil The Lion tee would make a unique gift and arrive just in time for Christmas!
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    Our deepest gratitude!

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    A 12x12 canvas, your choice of animal artwork from artist, Alec Hamilton's exclusive "Spirit Animal" series as seen on Animal Empire's "campaign" page.
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    A "thank you" on Animal Empire's social media sites.

    Can be shipped in time for Christmas.

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    SPECIAL! Your choice of beautiful elephant, rhino, orca, sea turtle, panda or lion all over print hoodies from artist Alec Hamilton ( Artwork & samples can be see under the "campaign" tab). Unisex sizing from XS to 4XL!
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    SPECIAL "thanks" on Animal Empire's social media sites.

    Can be delivered in time for Christmas.

    Estimated delivery: Dec 2015
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    Our dear Gentlewoman/Gentleman of the Animal Empire:

    You will be rewarded everything from the $5, $15, $35 and $75 pledge awards
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    one of our exclusive campaign posters from the project signed personally to you, with thanks, from the creator and host, Angela Daun.

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    Your choice of beautiful elephant, rhino, orca, sea turtle, panda or lion all over print hoodies from artist Alec Hamilton. Artwork & samples can be see under the "campaign" tab. Unisex sizing from XS to 4XL!
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    SPECIAL "thanks" on Animal Empire's social media sites.

    Can be delivered in time for Christmas.

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    Thank you Knight/Lady of the Animal Empire!

    You receive erything from the $5, $15, $35 and $100 rewards
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    a limited edition print of one of the animals you helped us save
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    a special "thank you" to you in the on-screen credits

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    Your choice 18x24 or 24x36 canvas of animal artwork from Alec Hamilton's exclusive 'Spirit Animal' series as seen under the "campaign" tab.

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    You are much appreciated Baron/Baronness!

    Everything from the $333 pledge PLUS
    exclusive behind the scenes updates and photos from our filming locations and the animals we have encountered
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    a skype session with the crew from one of our exotic locations so you can see first hand how much you are helping us help the animals ... and help us decide what we put on our next episode!
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    An animal you helped us save will be named after YOU!!

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    Thank you Marquis/Marchioness !

    You will receive a drone flight lesson with drone expert and Emmy nominated producer, Skip Fredricks. Learn first hand how we will utilize drone technology to better film, serve & defend the animals & locations we visit. If we use your footage, we will make sure to give you professional credit!
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    Our exclusive campaign T-shirt and mug with Cecil the lion image and an Animal Empire poster.
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    Copies of every episode we complete.

    Flight and lodging not included.

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    A 5 foot high 2 feet high detailed cedar wood carving of beautiful horse by international award winning carver, Josh Landry.

    Great addition to a yard, ranch, log cabin, business or porch!

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    Welcome Duke/Duchess, to the Animal Empire!

    You and a guest are invited to spend an afternoon with a real wolf and wolf expert in Los Angeles, including your very own photo session with the wolf!
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    Upon arrival you will receive our exclusive campaign T-shirt and mug with Cecil the lion image and an Animal Empire poster.
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    Links to every episode we complete.

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    You are a valued Prince/Princess of this Animal Empire!

    You receive a custom made to order, personalized hand carved cedar wood bed frame (animal themed if desired) by international award winning carver, Josh Landry. Queen or king sizes available. Perfect for a log cabin or country themed home!

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    Everything from the $5, $15, $35 and $100 rewards
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    an "associate producer" credit!

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    Congratulations on becoming a King/Queen of the Animal Empire!

    We would like you to be our royal guest as we film on location in the United States - all expenses paid!
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    We will crown you with our exclusive t-shirts, mug and poster.

    Travel and lodging covered for backers within the U.S. only.

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    Pledge $9,970 or more About $9,970

    You're officially an animal Emperor/Empress!

    You receive a "producer credit" on imdb
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    lunch or dinner at an animal sanctuary, tour included, with Angela Daun.
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    Our exclusive campaign T-shirt and mug with Cecil the lion image and an Animal Empire poster.
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    Copies of every episode we complete.
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    the unwavering gratitude of us and the animal empire you are helping us protect!

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