Documentary Special, August 26 9 et/pt
The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos

Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s brutal regime ended in a hail of bullets. In Escobar’s infamous reign of terror, he smuggled four hippos into Colombia to join his growing collection of exotic animals at his $63 million estate outside Medellin. Left to fend for themselves in the wake of his death, these extremely dangerous beasts – responsible for more deaths in Africa than lions or crocodiles – broke out. Today, breeding at twice their typical rate and with no natural predators keeping them in check, more than 60 roam the Colombian wilds, wreaking havoc in villages at night and threatening the ecosystem that feeds into the Magdalena River, Colombia’s main watershed.