“There is completely no water, so the animals are depending on humans,” Mwalua said. “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.'”
Mwalua comes to the park with his truck and fills up the park's watering holes. But even upon his arrival, the animals know that it's him. When they hear the engine from his truck, they coming running to get the water.
In a recent Facebook post, Mwalua described how the animals reacted on a particular day. “I thought I could count the number of buffaloes eating around the water hole and drinking water, but my wish was not possible because it was a big herd,” he said. “The elephants today were at bay and other animals as well. Thank you everyone for your warm comments.”
Tsavo Volunteers also give talks and tours to tourists, go on visits to schools, plant trees, and more. According to their website, “The work is huge and so our activities are open to all individuals from all walks of life who have a passion and wish care for wildlife.”
But to continue giving the water to animals, Mwalua needs some help. ”We are not expecting any rain until November,” he said. “This has got us all very worried of losing many animals from antelopes to elephants if nothing is done very urgently."
That's why Mwalua started a Gofundme project to raise money to get water to more animals. “We will be renting water trucks to deliver 12,000 liters of water at least 4 trips a week,” he said. “Every donation no matter the size is greatly appreciated and thank you for your support.”
Fortunately, Mwalua's story is getting more and more exposure, including being profiled on TV. In another recent Facebook post, he said, “What an exciting, tiresome day with German TV station taking my story in front of several elephants bulls and herds of Zebras [sic] at the water hole. This is my joy seeing wildlife drinking and they don't need to worry again. Your support has made this happen, thank you so much!!”
Mwalua's desire to raise awareness for the plight of these animals is so that the children of the area will continue in his footsteps. “I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife,” Mwalua said. “I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.” If you're also interested in helping these animals, consider making a donation to his Gofundme project.