Changes in the climate have a huge effect on the biodiversity and ecosystems on Earth. Africa and Antarctica are among the most affected places. Since June 2018, it hasn’t rained in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park, which looks like a very bad sign. Here, the fate of many animal species seems to be set in stone. But this kind man chose to save their lives. Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua grows peas and brings water for the animals every day in big trucks. And as soon as the animals heard his truck, they all ran to Patrick. Every day, he has to carry 3,000 gallons of water.
“IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR, WHEN I WENT TO THE TSAVO, I NOTICED THAT THE WATERHOLES WERE DRY AND THAT THE ANIMALS WERE SITTING AROUND THEM LOOKING VERY DESPERATE,” MWALUA TOLD NAIROBI WIRE. “SINCE THERE IS NO WATER AT ALL, THE ANIMALS HAVE TO RELY ON PEOPLE,” MWALUA TOLD THE DODO. “THEY WILL DIE IF WE DON’T HELP THEM.”
Patrick knows that “water is life,” so he hopes others will join him on his good mission. He has set up a GoFundMe page so that people can donate money to help him save the animals. And his kind act of kindness has not been forgotten.
MWALUA SAID, “LAST NIGHT, I FOUND 500 BUFFALO WAITING AT THE WATER HOLE.” “BY THE TIME I GOT THERE, I COULD SMELL THE WATER. The buffalo were so curious and came right up to us. THEY STARTED DRINKING WHILE I WAS STANDING THERE. THEY GET SO IMPRESSED.”
Three American women decided to lend a hand. Angie Brown, Cher Callaway, and Tami Calliope are now helping Patrick with his mission. Now that they have more than one truck, they can bring water to more places in the African savanna suffering from drought.
Calaway said, “HIS DEDICATION TO WILDLIFE AND HIS HERITAGE IS UNMEASURABLE.” “EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND HE WAS RISKING HIS OWN LIFE TO DELIVER WATER TO A DRY WATER HOLE.” He said, “I was born here and grew up with wildlife, so I have a lot of passion for wildlife.” “I chose to tell them about this so that they can protect their wildlife when they get older.”
It’s great to see that people still care about wildlife and want to protect it. With such great love and care for Mother Nature!