ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Kali the polar bear has arrived safe and sound in St. Louis. Our partners at the Post- Dispatch say the 2 ½-year-old, 850-pound male polar bear was transported from New York via FedEx. He will be in quarantine for 30 days. It’s a standard procedure for animals that have been transferred from other zoos to allow them to acclimate to their new home and diet. It also helps to prevent the introduction of pathogens among animals in the care of conservation organizations.
Kali is not currently on view. You’ll be able to meet him on June 6th when he makes his debut in the newly constructed Polar Bear Point.
According to Saint Louis Zoo officials, his new home is a 40,000-square-foot habitat that offers visitors a 22-foot viewing window, where the polar bear can come right up to the glass to greet guests. The sea water area features a 1,000-square-foot Arctic room with a four-panel viewing wall.