Uma Thurman is not only an amazing actress, but also a remarkable human being. The 45-year-old Pulp Fiction star was in Africa earlier this year to embark on a mission to help save endangered rhinoceroses.
Thurman recently shared photographs of her adventures with Town & Country magazine, and told the story of how she aided in keeping a female white rhino alive along with the animal’s young calf.
Thurman called the experience a “spiritual, surreal” one, where she “subdued, without stress, such a prehistoric animal.” She went on to explain the contradictory feelings she went through, stating that besides the excitement, there was a sense of “quietness in the midst of all panic.”
Uma Thurman is not new to philanthropic work, as she has also served as a board member for “Room to Grow,” which is a charity that aids families as well as children born into poverty. In addition to her latest wild endeavor, Thurman was one of the celebrities associated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and their FWD campaign that sought to bring awareness to the East Africa drought in 2011. She’s also starred in several USAID television and internet “forward the facts” advertisements.
The Boston-born star spent her time in Africa spreading consciousness for the (unfortunately almost extinct) African rhinos. World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) reports say that poaching of rhinos has been illegal since 1975’s conference on International Trade in Endangered Species. Despite this, the horrifying practice continues to exist in the continents of Asia and Africa.
Thurman traveled six hours from Johannesburg to a restricted conservancy in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park in the Timbavati Game Reserve. This reserve protects wildlife while allowing the animals to live cage-free. Thurman, along with her team, translocated several rhinos to Botswana from South Africa for improved protection. They spent a total of eight days there—three in South Africa and five in Botswana.
“The beauty of these animals and the absurdity of their plight is so painful,” adds Thurman. “I have lent myself to this. I’m here to help.”
Thurman also admitted that she was moved by how many people commit to the cause of saving these endangered animals. “Nobody we met was doing it for fame and fortune,” said the actress, adding, “It’s as if they were called by nature to a service that is irresistible.”
Glowczewska, K., “Uma Thurman’s Journey to Protect Africa’s Wildlife From Vicious Poachers,” Town & Country web site, September 10, 2015.
“Uma goes wild! The incredible moment Thurman helps rescue endangered rhinoceros on African adventure,” Daily Mail web site, September 10, 2015.