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Urgent plea to the public: The Joburg Zoo is in urgent need of your assistance. Please be on lookout for a female juvenile Red Faced Mousebird, possibly in the Edenvale area. Please note that this bird is tamed, and if found could you please return it to the Joburg Zoo's Hospital or call the Zoo's Hospital on 011 646 2000 ext. 239/219.









Joburg Zoo distraught on the death of Wang, Africa’s last polar bear


The Chief Veterinarian, Dr Brett Gardener had to make a very tough decision at 11.49 today. Africa’s last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver failure and chronic arthritis. The much-loved bear, born on 21 December 1985, arrived at the Joburg Zoo in December 1986 as part of a conservation exchange programme with the Zoo in Japan.


Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his beloved partner of 27-years GeeBee, who died on 12 January 2014 due to natural causes. His distraught keeper Ms Agnes Maluleke ensured that in the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine’s Day celebration this year.

Since November 2010, Wang who was diagnosed with liver ailments and various medical conditions, was responding well to treatment. The Joburg Zoo however did indicate at that stage, that they remained concerned about his health.


The Joburg Zoo resolved in 2010 not to replace the ageing polar bears at the Zoo. This decision is still effective.


In tribute to Wang, the Joburg Zoo will dedicate the Zoo Trot on 14 September to the rich legacy of Wang, the last polar bear in Joburg and the African continent. Tributes can be posted to our Twitter and Facebook pages on @JoburgParksZoo or @JoburgParks respecitively.


Issued by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo


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