Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, known to many as the waterman of Tsavo drives hours every day to bring fresh water to thirsty animals in the drylands of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park.
He’s a farmer in a local Kenyan village during the day. But during the evening half of the day, he drives hours to provide 3,000 gallons of water in his special water truck for thirsty buffalo, elephants, zebras, and antelope.
At a time, one single thirsty elephant can drink up to 200 liters of water. So this man is doing a great job.
From the moment Patrick started filling the watering holes, the animals eagerly came to drink water. Animals were waiting for him to arrive. They watch and wait patiently as Patrick empties the truck. Patrick has developed a special bond with wild animals. They never tried to attack him. In just a few minutes, the watering hole was filled with different kinds of animals.
He started this great work in 2016 when he observed that animals were walking long distances to seek water but were unable to find any. He used his own money to rent a water truck to bring water but eventually he was able to raise money with the help of his friends on Facebook so he could continue his work and buy a water truck. After three years of working on water, he registered the Mwalua Wildlife Trust.
According to mwaluawildlifetrust.org, Patrick has also begun developing sustainable water solutions in the park in addition to providing emergency assistance to animals through the water supply. By early 2019, he had built two water pans, excavated 20 mud pits and installed solar water panels that could pump 60,000 liters of water a day. While the region is at risk of drought due to climate change, Patrick is looking for solutions that will help parks and surrounding communities prepare for times of need.
Patrick will continue caring for animals as much as he can.