Sep
11
2009

Super invasives: Should Columbian hippos get evicted?

Dude, you're outta here: A growing hippo population in the South American country of Columbia is becoming a huge invasive species problem for the nation.
Dude, you're outta here: A growing hippo population in the South American country of Columbia is becoming a huge invasive species problem for the nation.Courtesy Alexdi
Just read an interesting report from about a huge, literally, invasive species problem in Columbia, South America. It seems that there's a growing population of hippos there, the offspring of four captive hippos that were once owned by drug lord Pablo Escobar. He had the hippos on his property as a defense mechanism against enemies. Escobar met his demise 16 years ago in drug violence, but his hippos have lived on, multiplied and moved off of his estate. The current population is estimated at about 28, with about six births occuring a year. That projects to about 100 non-native hippos being in Columbia in the next decade.

Government officials have offered the hippos free to any zoo or wildlife area that would like to claim them, but have had no takers. In the meantime, wildlife and Army officials have been "eliminating" the hippos found the wild determining that they're an invasive species that can alter the balance of nature in that region of the world. Animal enthusiasts in Columbia, however, are irate that such drastic measures are being taken. Some are even calling for the firing of Columbia's environmental minister.

Here's a National Geographic report on the situaion.

So what do you think should be done about this situation? Do you want to be the one to tell the hippos they've got to move back to Africa?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

SyDnEy_RaE's picture
SyDnEy_RaE says:

maybe they need to be moved to a zoo.not necessarily evicted.....but RELOCATED to a less populated area

posted on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 4:39pm

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