Kenya is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, but nature is harsh and survival a real struggle.
Tsavo West National Park is home to hundreds of animals who are fighting against the reality of a drought, thankfully help is at hand in the form of Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua.
Patrick is the difference between life and death to many of the park’s inhabitants, delivering around 3,000 gallons of fresh water every day, reports The Dodo.
Patrick drives for miles and hours on end every day to bring precious hydration to the parks watering holes, and the sound of his truck is now greeted by the mass arrival of elephants, antelope, zebra, buffalo and many more who seek to quench their thirst.
He told The Dodo:
There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans…If we don’t help them, they will die.
Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole. When I arrived they could smell the water. The buffalo were so keen and coming close to us.
They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.
And Patrick’s duties don’t stop there. The watering holes themselves often need cleaning as animals can contaminate them with droppings, and after using them for mud baths.
The buffalo roll in the mud so they suffocate the fleas and ticks.
His incredible efforts have not gone unnoticed, with citizens in America setting up a GoFundMe campaign to help his cause.
Cher Callaway, one of the women behind the donation page, said:
His commitment to the wildlife and his heritage is unmeasurable…Even risking his own life in the middle of the night to deliver water to a dry water hole.
What an absolute hero!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.