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JHB zoo mourns loss of Wang, Africa's last polar bear

Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure.

Wang was the only remaining polar bear in Africa. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Africa's last polar bear has died, the Johannesburg Zoo said on Wednesday.

The zoo says Wang the polar bear had to be put down due to liver and heart failure.

Wang, who was born in 1984, arrived at the zoo in 1986 as part of a conservation exchange programme with a zoo in China.

He was 30-years-old, the expected lifespan of a polar bear.

The zoo says it doesn't plan on replacing Wang.

The zoo's spokesperson Jenny Moodley says, "Due to ethical grounds and climates that aren't conducive for breeding we've opted not to replace polar bears."

Wang's partner GeeBee died earlier this year.

Moodley says Wang had been subdued since he GeeBee died.

"His health concerns were exacerbated by heart failure. We made the tough decision to put him down."

GeeBee was being treated for diarrhoea but officials said it's likely she died from natural causes relative to her age.

The pair was together for nearly 30 years.

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