A man in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park is being hailed a hero for traveling hundreds of kilometers every day to deliver fresh water to animals in need.
“There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans. If we don’t help them, they will die.”
Mwalua, a pea farmer in his local village, uses his own resources to fill bone-dry watering holes throughout the Tsavo region. He spends every day, driving for hours on end, transporting water to where it is most desperately needed.
“My friends, today the number of animals was so huge and the waterhole was dry dry dry!! Last night a big herd of buffaloes drank all the water and I arrived at just the right time to find animals waiting for water,
Mwalua came up with the idea after witnessing the effects of climate change in his immediate surroundings.
“We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to. From last year June there was completely no rain. I started giving animals water because I thought, ‘If I don’t do that, they will die.’”
Between his road trips, Mwalua runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers. The 41 year old also visits local schools to talk to children about the wildlife that is their legacy.
“I was born here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife,” he says. “I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.”