The Maasai Heritage Museum is located in the elephant migration corridor where the wildlife is thriving with free-ranging elephants, giraffes, lions, wildebeests, zebras, antelope, and over 600 species of birds. Wildlife also needs drinking water to survive. Since water is scarce, the Maasai people compete with wildlife for water resources. A thirsty elephant can drink up to 50 gallons of water in one sitting, while the Maasai need water for their family’s survival which leads to conflict between villagers and wildlife.
Since 2009 hundreds of elephants have died due to the droughts in Kenya. Currently, during the droughts, elephants are breaking through the museum fence to search for water on the museum grounds. Last month we rebuilt the concrete barrier walls and now we urgently need to construct a dam for wildlife including water troughs to prevent the elephants from vandalizing the museum property as they search for water.
We have selected a location for the wildlife drinking station that is a visible viewpoint on our property that can even become one of the attractions of the museum for tourists to watch the wildlife in their natural habitat. We have already seen giraffes, baboons, monkeys, gazelle and elephant footprints there and we are eager to implement a solution for the wildlife to receive ample water throughout the year.