Are There Bears in Africa?


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As of 2014, there are no bears that are native to Africa. The only bear species known to be native to the African continent was the Atlas bear, being named in reference to the Atlas Mountains of Africa. The Atlas bear went into extinction before the 20th century.

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The Atlas bear is regarded as having been a subspecies of the brown bear. The Atlas bear lived in the rugged terrain of the northern part of Africa. This bear had an estimated length of nearly 10 feet, and weight of approximately half a ton. As of 2014, the eight living bear species can be found on the continents of Europe, North America, Asia and South America.

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