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Water for Wildlife

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Project begin: 30/07/2017

What began as one man’s attempt to provide water for thirsty wild animals has become a wildlife trust that implements water management strategies for harmonious human-wildlife coexistence in Kenya.

Leading organisation: Mwalua Wildlife Trust
The country where the team is based: Kenya
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development, Hydrology, Local and Indigenous Knowledge
Sub-themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Energy, Environment, Food and food security, Forests and desertification, Groundwater management, Natural resource management, Poverty and inequality reduction, Water education, Water scarcity and quality, Water science
Tag: #Africa
Selection: 2020/2021
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As a result of climate change, the Tsavo region is increasingly subject to drought and, in 2016, conditions were particularly difficult. Moved at sight of elephants, buffalos and zebras leaving the reserves in desperate search of water, Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua decided to use his own money to hire a water truck with 10,000 litres of water. Each day, Patrick brought more water and, with support from friends and the community, was eventually able to buy his own truck.

And so, the Mwalua Widelife Trust was born. The team has since introduced numerous sustainable water sources in the park including 2 water pans, 20 mud water holes, and solar water panels capable of pumping 60,000 litres of water per day.


These water solutions have already reduced animal mortality due to dehydration and conflicts with local populations. The trust also works with local population to develop solutions for food, water and economic security, from tree nurseries to water catchment and community gardens.

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