This is Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua a.k.a. The Water Man. He makes sure that the wild animals of the dry Tsavo West National Park in Kenya get to drink water.
Patrick, a pea growers in his village, had the idea to take care of the wildlife when he saw the dry effect of global warming with his own eyes. “We aren’t really receiving rain the way we used to” he says. “So I started giving animals water because I thought, ‘If I don’t do that, they will die.”
Mwalua travels every day to get to the park for a few hours and to fill the dried pools of water with lifesaving water. When the saintly man arrives with 11,000 liters of water there are the elephants, zebras and buffalo all around him.“There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” says Mwalua to The Dodo.“If we don’t help them, they will die.”
Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” zegt hij. “When I arrived they could smell the water… They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.”