This Man Poured Thousands of Liters of Fresh Water for the Drought-stricken Animals!

In Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, a hero stood to save animals. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, known as the Water Man, saves lives by bringing water to the drought-stricken animals of the park. Carrying 3,000 gallons of fresh water, he is a beacon of hope for elephants, buffalo, antelope, and zebras.

These animals used to recognize his truck and eagerly awaited his arrival, knowing that he brought the precious water they desperately needed. But in June 2024, fate got in the way of his good caused. Let’s have a closer look at the story of an amazing human being who changed the world for the better.

Introducing the ‘Water Man of Tsavo’!

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua is a pea farmer from a local village who has become a savior for wildlife. His mission began when he saw the severe impact of climate change on Tsavo West National Park. Over the past year, the area has received very little rain, leaving animals to suffer and die of thirst. Patrick could not stand by and watch this happen.

“There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans. If we don’t help them, they will die.

Mwalua told The Dodo.
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The Beginning of a Lifesaving Mission

Patrick was inspired to act after witnessing the dire water crisis and its devastating effect on wildlife. As a farmer, he understood the importance of water and decided to step in. He started by renting a truck and driving water to various locations in Tsavo West. This mission required him to drive for hours each day, hauling water to the most desperately needed areas.

The journey is not easy. Transporting water over long distances on rough roads is challenging. The water holes, often lined with concrete, needed frequent cleaning due to buffalo droppings. Sometimes, Patrick even hoses down cracked earth for the grateful animals.

“The buffalo roll in the mud so they suffocate the fleas and ticks. The truck is heavy and doesn’t go very fast. We have to be very patient and go deliver water.”

Patrick explained.

Despite the hardships, Patrick remained dedicated to his mission.

Animals Eagerly Wait For His Arrival!

The immediate benefits of Patrick’s efforts are clear. Elephants, buffalo, antelope, and zebras eagerly wait for his arrival, often crowding the truck as he fills the water holes.

“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.”

Patrick recalled.

The consistent water supply has helped stabilize the animal population, providing them with the essential resources they need to survive. This initiative has also led to behavioral changes in the animals, making them less aggressive and more reliant on the water supply.

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Community and Global Support

Patrick’s dedication extended beyond water delivery. He ran a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers and visited local schools to educate children about the importance of wildlife protection.

“I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife. I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.

Patrick recalled.

Patrick’s story reached an international audience, drawing support from three women in the United States: Angie Brown, Cher Callaway, and Tami Calliope.

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Despite never meeting each other, they united to help Patrick’s cause. Callaway, who has collaborated with Patrick on various projects, said, “His commitment to the wildlife and his heritage is unmeasurable.”

She set up a GoFundMe page, raising over $18,000 to support his water delivery service.

“We have all spent a lot of time getting the word out about the animals Patrick is helping and the GoFundMe has been a real success. He needs so much more money though.”

Callaway said.

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua’s Passing

Recently, Patrick’s family shared the heartbreaking news of his passing after a long battle with kidney failure.

“We wish to take this opportunity to welcome any form of support to give him a befitting send-off and also continue with the good work of conservation.”

read a post by family spokesperson Jones Chengo.

Patrick’s wife eulogized him on Facebook, praising his love, kindness, and dedication to wildlife.

“We are committed to giving him the dignified send-off he truly deserves,”

Patrick’s wife promised.


Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua’s contributions to the wildlife of Tsavo West National Park are immeasurable. His efforts have not only saved countless animals but also inspired a global community to support conservation. Patrick’s legacy lives on through his work and the continued efforts of those he inspired. His story reminds us that individual efforts can make a significant difference in conservation and the protection of our natural world.

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