Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park is rich in wildlife, however, the land has been left dry and hot due to lack of rain over the past few years.
Hundreds of animals have perished due to thirst and heat but there’s not much that the wildlife service is doing about it. But one man took matters into his own hands and he is determined to ensure that these wild animals are given enough drinking water to stay cool.
To help these animals, Mwalua rented a truck. Now, he drives for hours every single day to transport water to several areas in the national park.“Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” he said. “When I arrived they could smell the water. The buffalo were so keen and coming close to us.”
Everyday, Mwalua carries 3,000 gallons of water to fills the watering holes. He often finds the holes dirty with buffalo droppings which he cleans to ensure the animals get to drink fresh and clean water.
Mwalua, who grew up relatively close to the park, was inspired to help the animals once he realized the severity of the situation. “We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to,” he explained. “From last year, from June, there was no rain completely. So I started giving animals water because I thought, ‘If I don’t do that, they will die.’”
In addition to his daily (and even nightly) water-transport trips, Mwalua also runs TSVAO Volunteers, a hands-on project dedicated to conservation and education. As founder of the organization, Mwalua visits schools in the area, where he hopes to usher in a new generation of animal rights leaders. “I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife,” he said. “I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.”