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Special memorial for Wang

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

Wang was the only remaining polar bear in Africa. Picture EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Zoo says it's considering a special memorial tribute following the death of Africa's last polar bear.

Wang had been housed at an enclosure at the zoo for 28 years with his partner Geebee who passed away earlier this year.

The polar bear had to be put down due to liver and heart failure.

The zoo says it will not bring any more polar bears into the country and the enclosure will be used for other aquatic animals.

Spokesperson Jenny Moodley says, "We have to consider going forward during the course of this week on how we can allow visitors to the zoo to place their tributes. But people are also encouraged to place their tributes on our twitter account."

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.