Columbus Zoo welcomes Lee, an adult male polar bear from the Denver Zoo

Lee the Polar Bear (Courtesy: Denver Zoo)

The Columbus Zoo just got a new, big addition! Lee, the 18-year-old polar bear, arrived Tuesday afternoon from the Denver Zoo.

Lee's primary keeper at the Denver Zoo, along with a Columbus Zoo staff veterinarian, made the trip with him.

The Zoo says Lee will be introduced to 11-year-old twin polar bear sisters, Aurora and Anana, after he completes a mandatory quarantine period.

“Lee is an extremely important ambassador for his threatened species, and we are proud to be a part of efforts to help sustain the polar bear population, raise public awareness, and support polar bear research in the Arctic. Together with our Central Ohio community and conservation partners, our Columbus Zoo and Aquarium team remains committed to making a positive difference for wildlife and wild places throughout the world,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf.

Animal care members at the Zoo report that Lee is settling in well.

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