A pea farmer in Kenya has been fighting the effects of global warming and saving animals by providing 3,000 gallons of fresh water for thirsty wild animals.
Tsavo West National Park has been experiencing a severe drought and is not expecting any rain until November. Animal lives were in jeopardy until a man named Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua came along.
Patrick is the founder of the Tsavo Volunteers, which is a non-profit helping to conserve wildlife and restore animal habitats. He witnessed the devastating effects of climate change on Kenya’s land and its animals and decided to take action. Patrick started filling bone-dry watering holes within the region with a truck.
After he started showing up with a truck filled with 3,000 gallons of fresh water, animals have been showing up in the hundreds. One night 500 buffalo were waiting at the water hole.
Elephants, zebras, antelopes, and buffalos are just some of the animals that depend on Patrick to survive. “There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” Patrick told the media. “If we don’t help them, they will die.”
After seeing his story, a GoFundMe page was set up to help Patrick continue looking after the animals. So far is has been an incredible success, raising over $150,000, which was way above the target of $20,000.
While this may seem like a lot, Patrick spends hours each day transporting over 3,000 gallons of water with each tank costing about $250. The current amount raised could offset the costs for the next 564 days. While it’s not a permanent solution, this will not stop Patrick from saving animals in any way that he can.