Wednesday, April 28, 2010

villa lorena in cali, colombia

Published: March 30, 2010
CALI, Colombia — Of all the animals that come to die under Ana Julia Torres’s samán trees, the ocelots are among the most numerous. There are eight of them here, seized from the estate of a murdered cocaine trafficker, who apparently collected them in the belief that any self-respecting drug lord should always have eight ocelots in his dominion.

Ms. Torres’s sanctuary houses hundreds of animals rescued largely from drug traffickers and paramilitary warlords, as well as from circuses and animal-smuggling rings, offering a strange window into the excesses and brutalities carried out in this country’s endless drug wars. CONTINUE READING

full NYT slideshow here: "A Rescued Menagerie"

extended edit on Villa Lorena-Cali, Colombia

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