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Kenyan Man Drives For Hours Every Day To Make Sure Animals Have Enough Water

Kenyan Man Drives For Hours Every Day To Make Sure Animals Have Enough Water

With drought devastating parts of Kenya, pea farmer Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, is ensuring it doesn't kill off animals in the area.

Every day he drives a truck for dozens of miles carrying roughly 13,000 litres of water to Kenya's Tsavo West National Park.

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He's done the trip so many times, the animals including: elephants, buffalo, antelope and zebras, come running when they hear his truck.

He told The Dodo: "Last night, I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole," he says. "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."

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Patrick says the effects of climate change on the area have been brutal.

"We aren't really receiving rain the way we used to. From last year, from June, there was no rain completely. So I started giving animals water because I thought, 'If I don't do that, they will die.'"

He also runs a conservation project that teaches children the importance of protecting wild animals.

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"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 currently rents the vehicle he uses to transport the water - but three American women, Cher Callaway, Angie Brown and Tami Calliope, have started a crowd funding campaign to help his mission.

Cher told The Dodo, "His commitment to the wildlife and his heritage is unmeasurable.

"Even risking his own life in the middle of the night to deliver water to a dry water hole."

They've currently raised $18,000 and hope they can soon buy Patrick his own truck.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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