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Colombia proposes transferring 70 hippos that stay close to Pablo Escobar’s former ranch to India, Mexico

Colombia is proposing transferring at the least 70 hippopotamuses that stay close to Pablo Escobar’s former ranch – descendants of 4 imported from Africa illegally by the late drug lord within the Eighties – to India and Mexico as a part of a plan to manage their inhabitants.

The hippos, that are territorial and weigh as much as 3 tons, have unfold far past the Hacienda Napoles ranch, situated 124 mile from Bogota alongside the Magdalena River. Environmental authorities estimate there are about 130 hippos within the space in Antioquia province and their inhabitants may attain 400 in eight years.

Escobar’s Hacienda Napoles — and the hippos — have grow to be a form of native vacationer attraction within the years for the reason that kingpin was killed by police in 1993. When his ranch was deserted, the hippos survived and reproduced in native rivers and favorable weather conditions.

Scientists warn the hippos would not have a pure predator in Colombia and are a possible downside for biodiversity since their feces change the composition of the rivers and will impression the habitat of manatees and capybaras. Last 12 months, Colombia’s authorities declared them a poisonous invasive species.


The plan to take them to India and Mexico has been forming for greater than a 12 months, stated Lina Marcela de los Ríos Morales, director of animal safety and welfare at Antioquia’s surroundings ministry.

The hippos can be lured with meals into giant, iron containers and transferred by truck to the worldwide airport within the metropolis of Rionegro, 150 kilometers away. From there, they’d be flown to India and Mexico, the place there are sanctuaries and zoos able to taking in and caring for the animals.

Hippos float in the lake at Hacienda Napoles Park, once the private estate of Pablo Escobar who imported three female hippos and one male decades ago in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia. Colombia intends to transfer at least 70 hippos to India and Mexico.

Hippos float within the lake at Hacienda Napoles Park, as soon as the personal property of Pablo Escobar who imported three feminine hippos and one male many years in the past in Puerto Triunfo, Colombia. Colombia intends to switch at the least 70 hippos to India and Mexico. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

“It is feasible to do, we have already got expertise relocating hippos in zoos nationwide,” stated David Echeverri López, a spokesman for Cornare, the native environmental authority that will be in command of the relocations.


The plan is to ship 60 hippos to the Greens Zoological Rescue & Rehabilitation Kingdom in Gujarat, India, which De los Ríos Morales stated would cowl the price of the containers and airlift. Another 10 hippos would go to zoos and sanctuaries in Mexico such because the Ostok, situated in Sinaloa.

“We work with Ernesto Zazueta, who’s the president of sanctuaries and zoos in Mexico, who’s the one who liaisons with totally different nations and handle their rescues,” stated the official.

The plan is to deal with the hippos residing within the rivers surrounding the Hacienda Napoles ranch, not those contained in the ranch as a result of they’re in a managed surroundings and don’t threaten the native ecosystem.


The relocations would assist management the hippo inhabitants, and although the animals’ native habitat is Africa, it’s extra humane than the alternate proposal of exterminating them as an invasive species, stated De los Ríos Morales.

Ecuador, the Philippines and Botswana have additionally expressed their willingness to relocated Colombian hippos to their nations, in line with the Antioquia Governor’s Office.

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