Pablo Escobar's Hippos Could Endanger Colombian Ecology
Around one hundred and fifteen miles east of medicine in Colombia since the enormous Hacienda built by the drug Lord Pablo Escobar. Who had his own personal zoo? Which included hippos when Escobar's empire fell most of the exotic animals were safely relocated except for the hippos who eventually escaped to eat right four from as you in the US to Columbia and they lived at his ranch and they've grown slowly but steadily Jonathan suren ecologists from the University of California in San Diego. The original population of four in nineteen eighty one is estimated to be at least eighty. Now Hippos have tremendous influence on their native ecosystems in Africa so sure and wanted to see how they might be affecting their new ecosystem in Columbia. Shouldn't surprise anybody hippos poop in the water South America Africa Hippos on both Continents Wallow in ponds and lakes where their droppings release a tremendous amount of nutrients into the water that imported materials stimulates photosynthesis of algae and aquatic plants and also microbial battery production of bacteria. That are living off your Ganic matter. That's imported have mass. The hippos can cause ecological trouble if there is too much photosynthesis occurring in the water becomes full of oxygen during the daytime but at night when the sun goes down and the plants and algae stop releasing oxygen into the water a phenomenon called eutrophication occurs all the creatures that consume oxygen keep consuming it and the overall amount of oxygen dissolved in the water becomes critically low dropping. Low enough you can help. All the fish SORTA croaking going belly up. The researchers also say the situation provides a unique glimpse into the way that massive mammals like mammoths and mastodons. Long extinct in the new world may have influenced their habitats prior to their extinction but they also know that unless we can somehow curtail their population growth. The hippo population could explode in the next couple decades at which point they will disrupt larger and wild river systems. The study is in the Journal. Ecology lethal control isn't the popular management strategy among people who love hippos or see them as valuable tourism attraction but the question is when not if the hippos become detrimental to Colombian ecology which means that folks should be thinking about the best way to solve the problem now when there are fewer than a hundred hippos to manage and not thousands.