Patrick the Tsavo Elephant Guardian

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Raised by 11,420 people in 20 months
Hello, my name is Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua and I am the Founder of Tsavo Volunteers.  I am asking for your help at this time for the animals of Tsavo. 

It is now very dry in Tsavo and water has become a very precious commodity because there is a shortage of water due to lack of rain. We are not expecting any rain until March and this has got us all very worried of loosing many animals from antelopes to elephants if nothing is done very urgently.
Some years back we lost many animals including elephants due to a prolonged drought. Elephants are becoming endangered from poaching and we need to save the ones we have left by providing water for them until the drought peril is over.   We have many elephants concentrating in very few water holes fighting to drink water and this has made the smaller elephants lacking water.  They become very thirsty and they end up spending a lot of time and energy walking very far distances with young ones searching for water.

We are asking for people to stand with these elephants until this period is over, that is before it rains.

We will be renting water trucks to deliver 12,000 liters of water at least 4 trips a week.  The distance is 45 Kilometers to where water would normally be to save these animals and we will distribute it to 2 different locations to ease the congestion. Remember it is not only elephants we will be saving.  Each tank will cost $250USD.  Every donation no matter the size is greatly appreciated and thank you for your support.

I have asked Cher Callaway from our US support staff to help me with this project.  You may contact either of us with any questions you may have.
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Hi guys! We have an exciting update! The rains have finally come to Kenya & Tsavo! Some places too much rain actually like in Nairobi & Amboseli National Park.

This is Patrick's update:
"We would like to Thank everyone for standing with us in the hard times of drought and who have helped us raise money to help in delivering water to the wildlife, building dams and water troughs, de-silting water pans and installing solar pumps and solar fencing.
We will have plenty of water for months, however, we are embarking on our tree planting project in Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary to restore the lost vegetation for many years. This restoration of vegetation cover will help us offset carbon emissions and give us a healthy environment and for wildlife too.
We are enclosing 35 hectares right in the Sactuary where it is almost bare with no grass and trees left and keep it aside just for tree planting and developing seedlings from the indigenous trees around the Sanctuary. This trees are food for many animals, provide shade for animals and also home of many birds species and primates.
So we are enclosing it with a solar electric fence to protect seedlings from being damaged by animals while they are young.
This is just the first phase but after the piece of land is full we will extend planting hundreds of trees around the Sanctuary.

As always, Thank you to each and every donor, supporter and well wisher. You guys have helped save many animals in Tsavo West and you should all be proud! Please continue to share, donate and tweet as we keep saving animals each & everyday.

Tree planting site has lots of wildlife
Lost vegetation due to drought
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Hi guys! Sorry for the late update. Patrick has not been feeling well and took some much needed time off.
We are still delivering water to the wildlife and will be starting our next project very soon. We will be installing a huge electric solar fence and tree planting to provide food to the elephants and wildlife.

Patrick is also embarking on his testing and screening for his kidney transplant soon. Will keep you updated on his progress. We are still trying to raise the funds for the transplant and the medications for after the transplant which are very expensive. I've attached Patrick's medical GFM here. Let's try to reach our goal so we can help him get his transplant!

https://www.gofundme.com/patrick-mwaluas-kidney-transplant

As always, Thank you to each and every donor, supporter and well wisher. You guys have helped save many animals in Tsavo West and you should all be proud! Please continue to share, donate and tweet as we keep saving animals each & everyday.
New solar fencing & tree project area
Last cement waterpan that was completed
Wildlife drinking from waterhole
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Hi guys! We are embarking on our next huge project soon. We will be replacing this huge water tank and replacing the piping carrying the water to the water points in Tsavo West National Park.

Attached is the link to the new K24 interview and also the pictures of the old dilapated tank we will be replacing.

Patrick is also embarking on his testing and screening for his kidney transplant soon. Will keep you updated on his progress.

As always, Thank you to each and every donor, supporter and well wisher. You guys have helped save many animals in Tsavo West and you should all be proud! Please continue to share, donate and tweet as we keep saving animals each & everyday.
New K24 Interview with Patrick
Dilapiated tank we are replacing
Ellies gathering for water in Tsavo West
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Hi guys! We have a huge update for you all. Patrick has been very busy with our most extensive project to date, our solar pumps, panels and fencing. Still no rains but we are doing all we can to save each & every animal traveling through Tsavo West & Taita Hills Sanctuary.
Here is Patrick's last two updates:

10/2/17 "Our two solar pumps are almost done and the contractor will be handing over to Kenya Wildlife Service and me in Tsavo west anytime this week. Today the senior warden and me were inspecting to make sure that all is done well before embarking on piping the water to several waterholes to ease animals concentrating in a few water holes. This is a great relief for the Jumbos for now they can have water anytime or at any moment. This is really a great accomplishment with big appreciation from the Kenya Wildlife Service."

10/10/17 "Last Saturday was really a fulfilling day for me because the 2 solar pumps are complete with a fence around for protection. We had television crews from 2 Kenyan stations to inform Kenyans what I am up to for our wildlife. Next week we are embarking on galvanized steel piping now that the pumps can push water up to 15 kilometers. So we will be able to serve 8 waterholes daily and this will help animals so they don't concentrate in one water point. Will keep you informed on the TV link and how piping goes!

We still have alot to do for our wildlife and your donation will be so useful, please let us keep on donating.

As always, Thank you to each and every donor, supporter and well wisher. You guys have helped save many animals in Tsavo West and you should all be proud! Please continue to share, donate and tweet as we keep saving animals each & everyday.
New solar panels & water pumps
Ellie's drinking from water hole
Patrick & the Kenyan TV guys
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Raised by 11,420 people in 20 months
Created September 19, 2016
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