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Extreme Animal Transport

Sometimes the only way to save endangered animals in life or death situations is to relocate them across borders.


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  • DIRECTOR Bree Davies

  • PRODUCER Bree Davies



With the world's wild animals all facing extinction, a select group of animal welfare organisations are going to extreme measures to rescue and rehabilitate animals at risk and give them a life free from violence and cruelty. This is an adventure series that follows a specialist team gathered from around the world as they transport large, exotic animals traveling across borders. It features two stories per one-hour episode, intercut with transitions occurring at cliff-hanging moments. Each journey is extreme, documenting the ambitious lengths that animal keepers, vets, drivers and logistics experts go to in order to get their precious cargo from point A to point B safely. The animals are transported from far and wide. Each journey raises awareness of an issue the species faces including habitat destruction, climate change and pollution.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

In a world before borders animals roamed freely. The only extreme transport was their natural migration patterns. Contingent Productions will show the world the amazing work a collection of global animal welfare organisations are doing to rescue and relocate large, exotic, dangerous animals in a collection of stories that will connect with the audience and generate empathy, awareness, outrage and lead to positive action that will make a change.
The series follows characters who lead global organisations like Four Paws who rescue lions from a war-torn zoos; AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) who rescue and rehome ‘wild’ circus animals, ERP (Elephants Rhinos and People) who translocate herds of elephants getting too close to civilisation across African borders and Humane Society International who fly hundreds of dogs at a time out of Korean dog meat farms to Canada where they are rehabilitated as much loved pets. Extreme Animal Transport aims to raise the profile of the organisations.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

By focusing on one animal in each story we give a voice to many and bring awareness to the issues facing that species across the globe. The quality of the production will give it a global distribution platform. By showing the characters at work and the policy outcomes they fight for and achieve on a global scale, Extreme Animal Transport will create awareness for these organisations and promote donations to them.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The series will bring global awareness to what are the underlying issues behind each animal transport - the impact of using animals for tourism and entertainment and the more serious issue of habitat loss and extinction. The series is a platform to introduce the world to the amazing organisations who together are the last crusades for the animals of the world, giving them a voice. Extreme Animal Transport's social impact strategy will trigger donations to these organisations. This will allow them to continue the ever increasing work as the demand for better treatment of animals grows globally. The show will be distributed internationally on channels like Discovery Animal Planet, Nat Geo Wild, Viasat, Netflix as well as through DVD sales.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Extreme Animal Transport showcases many compelling stories that draw viewers in to the world of global animal welfare issues. The series challenges the audience to consider the treatment of animal used in tourism, circuses, ill-equipped zoos and theme parks. By talking to vets and animal welfare organisations we bring the statistics and facts to life and encourage action that will create change. Once the series is broadcast, all donations coming through DAF will go directly to the charity organisations featured in the series.
The Facebook page for Extreme Animal Transport will continually share the campaigns of our partners as will the facebook pages of our global broadcast and distribution partners.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We are working together with the world's leading animal rescue organisations who are allowing us to join their missions. The series will be told through the eyes of the experts in this area from across the globe.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope that after seeing this film our audience will donate to the organisations we showcase in the documentary. Help support them to influence law and policy change globally. We also hope the audience will rethink any tourism activities involving cruelty to animals.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Engagement with our online community and gathering followers will give us an indication of reach. Comments on our pages will directly indicate alliance to our cause. Once the film has been produced a broadcast any further donations through DAF will be donated directly to the charity organisations.