The grounds of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park are dry and dusty as no rain has fallen for almost a year, meaning the animals that live there are in great danger.

However, one man has decided to dedicate his life to making sure the animals have fresh water to keep them alive.

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua delivers 3,000 gallons of fresh water to elephants, buffalo, antelope and zebras by truck every single day.


Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua

Miles And Miles


Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua

The animals depend on Patrick so much they have begun to recognise the sound of his engine rumbling along the dry tracks.

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

Driving for hours and hours everyday, Patrick fills the dry watering holes within the region where no rain falls.

Hands On


Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua

A lot of the holes are lined with concrete and often need cleaning, something Patrick does by hand. He believes that the buffalo droppings are to blame.

“The buffalo roll in the mud so they suffocate the fleas and ticks,” he says.