Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua


Farmer Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, a generous man, spends his evenings driving water to drought-stricken zebras, elephants, buffalos in Kenya.


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In a land as parched as Kenya's Tsavo West National Park, no visitor arrives with more fanfare than the waterman. That would be Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. And when he rumbles down the dusty road bearing some 3,000 gallons of fresh-water, the elephants, buffalo, antelope, zebras come running.

They've come to know the water man by the rumble of his engine. And his lifesaving cargo. "There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans," Mwalua tells. "If we don't help them, they will die."

Mwalua fills the bone-dry watering holes in the region, driving for hours on end every day to haul water to where it's most desperately needed. Between road trips, Mwalua runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers. The 41-year-old also visits local schools to talk to children about the wildlife that is their legacy.


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