This is Patrick Mwalua, a 41-year-old pea farmer who is currently volunteering in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park. He brings water to thirsty animals.
The Kenyan government declared a national emergency last month following an ongoing drought that has ravaged large parts of the country.
Patrick decided to start trucking tanks of water to fill up dried waterholes in the park.
He and a handful of volunteers make the grueling 44-mile round-trip to deliver 3,000 liters of fresh water up to three times a day.
Thirsty elephants have rampaged through villages looking for water, sometimes with deadly results.
“The buffaloes were so weak. The zebras, they were restless, and the elephants were looking for water everywhere. I was like, oh my god, something must be done.”
“Seven years ago we lost a lot of animals because of drought and nobody did anything. Last year again there was a very big drought and we lost animals again.”