Heat waves combined with drought are very dangerous not only for people, but also for animals. Many animals have lost their source of water and are at risk of dying of thirst. If water sources dry up, it is important to provide water for wildlife as well. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua knows this very well. He is a hero who travels many hours every day to provide water for wild animals in the dry areas of Tsavo West National Park in Kenya.

It helps animals that have nothing to drink

This man grows peas in his village and watches every day the disastrous consequences of global warming on the Kenyan soil. Every day he travels with his truck to fill dry watering holes with water. His truck holds 3,000 gallons of potable water. As soon as he arrives at the waterhole, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras and other animals immediately come to greet him.

“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.'”

“There is completely no water, so the animals are dependent on humans,” Mwalua tells The Dodo. “If we don’t help them, they will die.”

“Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole,” he says. “When I arrived they could smell the water… They started drinking water while I was standing there. They get so excited.”

Everyone can support this man’s efforts and donate money so that he can continue to supply the animals with water. Several American women have set up a GoFundMe page for him, where he can be financially supported.

Inspiration for others

It is important to think of wild animals that suffer from thirst. Humans are mainly to blame for the lack of water, because they deforest the landscape, destroy the air and with their activities influence both the local and the global climate. It is important to ensure that wild animals have a constant source of water. If they don’t have it, it’s important to provide it to them. Anyone can help, just provide water for wild animals to drink. By creating a water source, you can save tens or even hundreds of animals on hot days.

Photo credit: Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua