Escobar’s “cocaine hippos” are out of control. “That’s one of the biggest challenges.”

Colombian authorities consider the hippopotamus an invasive species that poses a serious threat to the local ecosystem. Pollution from their waste poisons rivers, leading to the extinction of local species. The problem seems to be getting worse as hippos have favorable climate and lack of natural predators to threaten them.

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Colombian Environment Minister Susana Muhammed insists that reducing hippos’ long-term impact on the environment and ecosystem is a race against time. Officials have taken steps to reduce the number of these animals, but this is a complex and expensive process. In November, the government began sterilizing the hippos, but the three-ton mammals are difficult to catch and each sterilization costs nearly PLN 10,000. Dollars.

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