Why Escobar’s Hippo Legacy Still Haunts Colombia
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Published – 06/15/2021 5:00 am
Why smuggle a hippo through Colombian cartel lands?
This improbable – and dangerous task is perhaps the best way of tackling the wild legacy left by Pablo Escobar, the country’s most notorious drug lord. Because the four hippos he imported in the 1980s and abandoned in his hacienda zoo have become a serious cause for environmental concern…
In this video, we explore Colombia’s unusual wildlife problem: hippos, which are native to sub-Saharan Africa, are flourishing in the tropical heat near Medellín. But what impact are they really having on the local ecosystem? And is there any way to halt a biodiversity calamity?