Mwalua Wildlife Trust is a Kenyan founded and operated organization that works towards sustainable water solutions for human and wildlife communities in Tsavo ecosystem, Kenya. We are striving to create water management strategies that will supply water to wildlife in their habitats while promoting human-wildlife coexistence. We work together with communities to raise awareness about conservation, promote ecological restoration, and increase ethical economic opportunities to protect Kenya’s nature and biodiversity.
In 2016 the area of Tsavo in southern Kenya experienced a severe drought which dried up watering holes and food sources in the parks and wildlife sanctuaries, leaving the animals in a desperate situation. At the time, Mwalua Wildlife Trust’s founder Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua was patrolling in Taita Hills Sanctuary, an area that borders Lumo Sanctuary and Tsavo West National Park and, as a corridor for Tsavo elephants, hosts approximately 40% of the elephants in this particular ecosystem. In addition to elephants, there are many other species of other animals including buffalo, zebras, impala, etc, which are dependent on the sanctuary’s resources for their survival.
During his patrols, Patrick was deeply moved by the animals sniffing at and waiting by the empty water holes hoping to quench their thirst. Having experienced the drought in 2009 where he saw many animals die of dehydration, Patrick knew he had to do something to help. One of the lodges in the sanctuary was only able to provide 2,200 litres of water daily due to the shortage, which was nowhere near enough water to sustain the number of animals that could concentrate at the watering hole. With the permission of the management, he went to the town of Voi, 70 kilometres from the park, hired a water truck with 10,000 litres of water, and brought it to the watering hole.