How this drug lord created a hippo problem in Colombia
Kingpin Pablo Escobar ran the Medellin drug cartel that controlled 80% of the global cocaine market in the 1980s. With his drug money, Pablo built a zoo called the Hacienda Napoles near his lavish estate, and stocked it with exotic animals including 4 hippos (1 male / 3 females) imported from Africa.
After his murder in 1993, the Columbian government dismantled the estate, but left the hippos to themselves along the Magdalena River.
These 1.5 tonne, cocaine hippos have reproduced quickly since and now number more than 50 hippos. These hippos wreak havok on local Columbian communities.
IO Interactive does their homework in creating destinations populated with realistic environmental hazards, which includes the African hippo associated with the estate of a Columbian drug kingpin.
On another note, the secret tomb in the Altar Cavern, located between the Delgado Mansion and the Construction Site in Santa Fortuna is a shout out to the legendary Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors (South America, 1936) that housed a prized golden fertility idol retrieved by Indiana Jones in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Furthermore, Indiana Jones gives up the golden idol outside the temple, but according to the movie, regains the golden idol later from a black market antiquities dealer, who happens to be located in Marrakesh, Morocco.
I wonder if there is a link between the choice of Marrakesh, Morocco as a Hitman 2016 location because of Indiana Jones …