Federal drug enforcement agencies have been busy in recent decades as the drug war exploded in countries like Mexico. Large parts of the country are effectively in the control of drug barons, giving them the confidence to build grand and large. A private zoo plays to the vanity of high-level drug dealer — what better way to show your dominance than with cages full of lions, jaguars and tigers in the backyard? A tiger is infinitely more impressive than a gold-plated 9 mm handgun.
When police and federal agents do take down the homes of drug lords, they stand a decent chance of finding private zoo facilities. We've done a survey of news reports and compiled the following list of animals that your average crazy drug lord would love. (Text: Shea Gunther)