Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park is currently suffering from the effects of drought.
But that is no longer a big problem. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua always transports around 3,000 gallons of fresh water for the elephants, buffalos, antelopes and zebras to drink. He says:
There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans. If we don’t help them, they will die.
Mwalua always pours the water from a tanker at specific areas where it is needed the most.
The animals have gotten so used to him that they have even mastered his arrival time. They just stand there waiting, like it’s lunch time or something. He told wildlife blog ‘The Dodo’.
Last night, I found 500 buffalos waiting at the water hole. When I arrived they could smell the water. The buffalos were so keen and coming close to us. They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.
Mwalua is a pea farmer who came up with the idea after seeing the huge number of animals that were dying of thirst.
Over the past year, rain has hardly fallen.
We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to. From last year, from June, there was no rain completely.
The truck he uses to transport water is a rented one.
He aims to get more trucks in future so he can make sure no animals die at all. Truly inspiring.