A burned-out section of Tsavo West National Park in Kenya is a sad reminder of what life is like in extreme conditions. Due to the extreme drought of the summer, there is little hope for rain, and the animals watch with helpless eyes.
However, these animals know that when they hear the sound of a truck, it is good news for them. For the past six months, this truck has provided hope and water to these four-legged creatures.
A man named Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua drives a huge truck filled with 3,170 gallons (12,000 liters) of water to fill a dried-up hole in the National Park. Animals such as elephants, zebras, buffaloes and antelopes hope that Mwalua can quench his thirst with the water he brings.
Since September 2016, Mwalua has started driving 89 kilometers four times a week to fill up his truck and water the animals. The longtime conservationist considers himself the only hope for these animals. Without it, the animals would die of thirst, because in this barren, dry land it almost never rains. He estimates that one car costs about $250 for water, and he delivers two to three cars a day.
Mwalua, now known as the mullet man, grows chickpeas in his village. He came up with the idea after seeing first hand the effects of climate change on his village and country. He also runs the Tsavo Volunteers conservation project. The 41-year-old visits local schools to talk to children about the wildlife that is their heritage.
He is raising money for water through a GoFundMe page and says: “If we do not take immediate action, we are concerned that many animals, from gazelles to elephants, will go missing. A few years ago, we lost many of our animals, including elephants, due to years of drought. Elephants are under threat of poaching and need to be rescued by giving them water until the threat of drought has passed.
We have a lot of elephants concentrated in several pools and they compete for drinking water, which leads to dehydration of small elephants. “They are very thirsty and walk long distances looking for water with their children, wasting a lot of time and energy.”
On his Facebook page, there are photos of animals that flock to the watering hole after they get to the place and fill the dry hole.
Mwalua is doing a good deed, but he doesn’t know what will happen to these animals if he misses the water delivery. He is concerned about how global warming is affecting the world’s climate, which is dry almost all year round. Logic India is grateful to Mr Mwalua for the great work he is doing. I hope more people like him join the cause of animal welfare around the world. He is a real inspiration.