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A matter of time before injuries: hippos of drug lord Pablo Escobar continue to cause unrest worries
The link between hippos and Colombia? Pablo Escobar actually. The drug kingpin smuggled in his heyday, four of those colossi are privézoo within. Now they are propagated, they form a threat for the ecosystem and the local population.

The ‘king of cocaine’... Escobar earned his nickname in the ‘80s by a ruthless terreurbeleid to handle. A murmur that he's around seven thousand deaths on his conscience would have. It made him the richest and most feared ‘patron’ within the drugswereldje.

at the same time, Escobar also to a ‘Robin Hood’image: he gave money to churches and hospitals and left parks and football stadiums build in Colombia. For his own amusement he added a zoo on his estate in Puerto Triunfo.

Elephants and giraffes
There housed hundreds of exotic animals, including elephants and giraffes. After his death in 1993, the government decided to which of the animals a new home. Except for the hippos, so they might uninterrupted roaming around the immense domain.

“The hippos were, as it were, lost sight of,” says biologist David Echeverri. “I estimate that there are now at least fifty specimens in the wild here.”

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