The Water Challenges Facing Tsavo

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust exists to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya. In recent years the scarcity of water throughout the dry seasons has been one of the greatest challenges facing Tsavo National Park.

As a result of illegal logging, charcoal burning and increased livestock intrusion, permanent rivers are now becoming seasonal, whilst important water catchments are vanishing.

In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) has for many years worked towards finding viable water solutions within the Tsavo Conservation area.

The DSWT has funded the drilling and on-going maintenance of the following essential boreholes, which quite literally provide the only water for wildlife for hundreds of miles throughout the dry seasons:

The ‘Ndii Ndaza’ borehole in the Northern Area of Tsavo East National Park and the ‘Kone’ borehole on the eastern boundary of Tsavo East, serving the Orma community.

The ‘Ndara and Dida Harea’ boreholes south of the Voi River in the southern sector of Tsavo East. The ‘Kanderi and Aruba’ borehole along the Voi River course within Tsavo East.

The ‘Voi’ borehole close to the KWS HQ in Tsavo East.
The ‘Ithumba’ borehole within the northern area of Tsavo East.
The ‘Ithumba HQ borehole ‘ in the Northern Area of Tsavo East.
The ‘Kamboyo’ borehole within Tsavo West National Park.

KWS and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust together are committed to finding further solutions to Tsavo’s ongoing water challenges in 2013. You can help support this essential aspect of our conservation work by making a donation at:

8 thoughts on “The Water Challenges Facing Tsavo”

  1. Great work as well! Can anyone answer this question though, how do they
    keep the predators away ie lions.? Most of the predators usually just sit
    there at watering holes waiting for animals to come and drink.

  2. These animals each have ways of dealing with the predators. And in this
    case, the predators are also endangered species.

  3. This is exactly how humans should behave world wide toward all animals and
    the Earth. Thank you for being such a fine example for all to see!

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