Brookfield Zoo says goodbye to 'Arki'

Arki, a polar bear at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., playfully tosses a pumpkin thrown to her by zookeepers Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. (AP Photo/Brookfield Zoo, Jim Schulz)

February 11, 2011 12:00:41 PM PST
A popular polar bear at Brookfield Zoo is moving to Louisville.

"Arki will definitely be missed," according to a zoo post on Facebook. The move to Louisville was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Polar Bear Species Survival Plan. The group manages the population of polar bears.

The friendly, outgoing animal will be on display at the Louisville Zoo's Glacier Run. The exhibit is home to polar bears and brown bears, as well as sea lions, owl and fox.

"On one hand it is sad to see her leave, but Arki will have a wonderful home at Louisville Zoo, where she will get much attention from her new keepers and is sure to be a big hit with visitors, just like she was here," said Mike Brown, zookeeper, in the facebook posting.

Arki was born in 1984 at Brookfield Zoo. She's the mother of five litters of cubs and her 4-year-old son Hudson remains at Brookfield Zoo's Great Bear Wilderness. He's the polar bear often seen greeting visitors at the glass.