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Pablo Escobar's Colombian legacy? A herd of hippopotamuses

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Hippopotamuses from Escobar's zoo have become a herd of about 40 animals.
Hippopotamuses from Escobar's zoo have become a herd of about 40 animals. Wikimedia/CC
By: Najet Benrabaa
5 min

The biggest herd of hippopotamuses outside of Africa is in Colombia. It only exists because of drug-dealers. The lumbering giants are a the legacy of the notorious Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the 1980s and amassed billions of dollars in drug money.

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One of the things he spent his money on wasa huge estate called Hacienda Napoles outside his home town of Medellin where he built a zoo.

Today the hippopotamuses from his zoo have become a herd of about 40 animals and attract visitors to the estate.Najet Benrabaa has this report.

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