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Lions and tigers and…oh, no bears? Oh my! Well, we still think Africa is one of the most amazing wildlife destinations on the planet, hands down.

Bears have at one time or another lived across the globe in the wild, including on all continents but Australia and Antarctica. In fact, fossil records and historical data indicate that at one time there were likely hundreds of bear species globally. Today, however, there are only eight bear species that remain in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

While there were bear species in Africa historically, the Atlas bear in Northern Africa (named aftern the same named mountain range) was thought to be Africa’s only native bear that survived into modern times. Once inhabiting the Atlas Mountains and neighbouring areas, from Morocco to Libya, the last of its kind was thought to be killed in 1870. The Atlas bear was brownish black in colour, a suspected subspecies of the brown bear.

So, if you want to see wild lions and tigers and…oh wait, tigers aren’t native to Africa either! In fact they exist – and are endangered – only in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Russia and China.

Well then, if you want to see lions in the wild then be sure to check out an exciting, life changing African Safari by Natural Habitat Adventures. But if you want to see the king of the wild north rather than the king of the jungle, be sure to check out their incredible brown and polar bear trips, where you can get up close (but not too close and personal!) with these incredible creatures!