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Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua
Patrick Kilonzo died at the age of 51 after a 10-year battle with kidney failure. Photo: Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua.

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua, a celebrated Kenyan wildlife conservationist has died.

Mwalua’s death was confirmed early this week by his wife Rachel Kilonzo.

He had been battling kidney failure for years.

“It’s with a heavy heart to inform you of the heartbreaking news of the demise of PATRICK KIlONZO MWALUA after a long battle with kidney failure. PATRICK was a beacon of love, kindness and generosity touching the lives of everyone and being an ambassador for wildlife, we are committed to giving him a dignified send-off he truly deserves,”

‘I’m the wife to the late Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua. I hereby want to inform you that I have been handling his account till now. This account will not be active for some time, however you can reach out to me. Thank you.” The wife added.

Mwalua died at his home in Kajire village, Taita Taveta County, Kenya, while being taken to Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi for dialysis.

In 2016, Mwalua came to fame and world honour, after using a water bowser to prevent wildlife affected by prolonged drought from dying of thirst.

President William Ruto in 2022  shared Kenya’s plight with the world as the country struggled with drought.

Ruto said the government has spent up to KSh 364 million to feed starving wildlife in Kenyan parks.

“Kenya’s world renown wildlife heritage has not been spared either, and carcases of elephants, Zebras, Wildebeests and many other wildlife fauna litter our parks,”

“We have had to spend USD 3 million to supply feed and water to wildlife in the last three months,” Ruto said.