Jake the Polar Bear is a host of "The Animal Show". He is a wise old polar bear with glasses and a bowtie. In interviews, Jake often asks the clever questions.
His best friend and co-host is Stinky the Skunk, a young skunk who still has a lot to learn.
With Jake being a Live-Hand Muppet, Steve Whitmire is assisted in performing him by Bill Barretta who operates Jake's right hand.
The puppet also made an appearance in "Learning is Everywhere" from "Sesame Street" sans glasses and bowtie, appearing more like a generic polar bear.