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Africa’s Last Polar Bear Dies

Al Jazeera   in  ยท
August 18, 2014

A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa has died at a South African zoo, a few months after his long-time mate passed away.

“Africa’s last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure,” Johannesburg Zoo said in a statement on Wednesday.

The bear, said to be 28-years-old, came to Johannesburg in 1986, as part of a conservation exchange program with a zoo in Japan.

In 2010, Wang was diagnosed with liver ailments.

Jenny Moodley, spokesperson at the Johannesburg Zoo, told Al Jazeera that it was decided that the zoo would not replace Wang because of the climatic considerations. Polar bears are more suited to colder climates whereas Johannesburg’s temperatures often reach in excess of 30 degrees Celsius.

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