Last updated: 07:00 PM ET, Mon September 21 2015

Uma Thurman Lends Her Face to the Effort to Save the Rhinos from Poachers

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | September 21, 2015

Uma Thurman Lends Her Face to the Effort to Save the Rhinos from Poachers

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Uma Thurman, the actress, lent her name, face and prestige to the airlift of rhinos to Botswana to save them from the threat of extinction from the onslaught of poachers killing them to sell their horns for a sexual stimulant.

The threat to rhinos has skyrocketed along with the price of rhino horn on the markets, and it is giving rise to increasingly radical countermoves on the part of conservationists who are trying to save the rhinos from disappearing forever.

Cherri Briggs, founder and president of Explore Inc, persuaded Thurman to serve as a public face for the effort of moving rhinos to a safe haven in Botswana. Briggs also enlisted the support of Keith Vincent, CEO of Wilderness Safaris, and Minister T.K. Khama of Botswana, who pledged the support of the Botswana army.

Working with Wilderness Safaris, Briggs has now created a safari adventure package that retraces the steps of Thurman’s experience in support of the rhino translocation project.

“This is what tourism is all about – conserving the last havens for wildlife in our fantastic world,” said Briggs. “African wildlife is under siege, but you can now come to Botswana and visit these rhinos. Only tourism can ultimately save them.”

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