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‘True Blood’ star producing anti-poaching documentary in Africa

As HBO’s sexy science-fantasy series “True Blood” fang-bangs through the fifth and most fantastical season yet, one of the show’s most popular characters has come out in opposition of animal poaching in Africa.

As reported by Ecorazzi, Kristin Bauer van Straten, who portrays vampire bar owner Pam on the show, is producing a documentary on the horrors of African poaching with her husband entitled “Out of Africa.” The actress has taken to crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help fund the project.

“I will be taking a camera crew to Kenya to ask Africans, the on the ground experts and heroes; what is happening, what the possible solutions are and, ‘How can we help you?’ They are living this crisis and working very hard to stop it, they know what can be done - they just need a larger voice,” van Straten said on her Kickstarter page. “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 2 species of rhino have gone extinct and more are on the brink. I don’t think we can afford to wait to do something.”

Van Straten sweetens the deal for “True Blood” fans by auctioning off items from the show among the many benefits and premiums that come at various levels of donation.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through August 19.

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