The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range stretching roughly 2500 kilometers (1500 miles) across North Africa, passing through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The highest mountain in the Atlas range is Toubkal, in southwestern Morocco, at a height of 4,167 meters (13,671 feet). Historically, the Atlas Mountains have been the home of the Berber peoples and language group.

Once richly forested, in near ancient times, the mountains were teeming with megafauna, many of which were hunted and captured by the Romans for use in gladitorial blood sport. Many of these animals are now extinct, including the Barbary Lion, the North African Elephant, and the Atlas Bear (formerly Africa's only species of bear).

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