Archive for October, 2016

This first video is of Munsey as he awakes from his afternoon nap.

The following video’s are of Munsey and Boda playing with a fire hose.  Munsey has learned a new trick over the past few days.  He’s learned that he no longer needs to tread water for 30 minutes and hold his breath for long period of times to retrieve the fire hose. He’s discovered that if he kicks his hind legs around long enough, he’ll move the the hose from the bottom of the pool to the surface and capture the hose.

Boda is most often seen on the side of the pool because he doesn’t seem to enjoy swimming in the deeper water of the pool.


The observations window offers a unique opportunity for zoo guests to observe the Kodiak cubs. Munsey and Boda  especially enjoy interacting with the youngest guests visiting  Wildwood Zoo!   This photo and video above was taken in early October of 2016.



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Most weekday mornings fruits and veggies are hidden around the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit and other sections of the Kodiak Habitat area as an enrichment activity for the cubs. DSC_3298

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Here are a few more photographs and video’s of Munsey and Boda enjoying their new toy (the fire hose). Sadly, I don’t have a video or photographs of Steve Burns (head zookeeper) retrieving the fire hose from the bottom of the pool.

Here’s a peek at the boys after they were first rescued and being nursed back to health at the Anchorage Zoo in Alaska.

Munsey. Boda and Dodge at the Anchorage Zoo.

On Tuesday October 18th, Munsey and Boda had a grand time playing with a fire hose that was given to them by the Wildwood Zoo staff.  The cubs swam in the deep pool area that is located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat area.  I was amazed as Munsey  demonstrated his ability to swim in the 13 feet of water for over 30 minutes, while  attempting to retrieve a section of the fire hose that had sunk to the bottom of the pool.dsc_9245_6803

In the photograph below, Munsey is swimming with the fire hose that retrieved from the bottom of the pool.


The second section of the fire hose also sank to the bottom of the pool and to my surprise Munsey  was able to retrieve that second section of hose. From my observation it appears that Munsey  was learning to hold his breath a little longer with every attempt he made as he submerged his face into the water.  It will be interesting to see if he masters this skill in the future.


Some of the staff from the Baraboo Zoo stopped in to learn more about the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit, and view the Floyd & Pat Hammus Bear Bridge  and the Bear Woods.


If your planning a trip to visit Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield and want to see the cubs in action,  I’d recommend that you come between 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The cubs have their breakfast around 9:00-9:30 am, afterwards the zoo staff  will usually hide some fruit and vegetable snacks for the cubs to find.  It’s always fun to watch the cubs go on a scavenger hunt for their snacks!

The cubs are served their lunch around 12:30-1:00 pm. After lunch the bear door is unlocked and the bears can go in and out as they wish, which means they could choose to take an afternoon nap inside the bear building. (If you find them napping, remember they are only 20-21 months old and they need their rest because they’re still growing.  The cubs are now about 410 and 433 pounds, the cubs are considered mature at around five years of age.)


The tall center door located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit is designed specifically for Munsey and Boda.  This door gives the cubs the ability to enter and exit the bear building.  This door is also unlocked on the weekends.


Steve Burns (head zookeeper at Wildwood Zoo) brings a pail of fruit to the observation window and requests a little girl to assist him by ringing a  cow bell.



During your visit please remember to donate a few dollars to help support the Zoo. You can find the collection canisters stationed at each of the zoo entrances.


The hot wire that’s been protecting the observation window located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit area have been removed!  About two months ago the hot wire was placed around all the observation windows to prevent Munsey and Boda from licking and eating the sealant placed around the new observation  windows.   Now that a new protective coating has been applied to the original  sealant the cubs are free to interact once again with all Wildwood Zoo guests.




I often wonder what is going through the minds of both the child and the Kodiak cub while they’re  sharing a hug.  This is Munsey sharing a hug with a young Zoo guest early Monday morning around 8:30 am.


The cubs love to interact with the zoo staff while they’re cleaning the glass of the observations windows.


Casandra ( pictured above ) informed me that a few weeks ago Munsey and Boda had found a raccoon in the Bear Woods.  Needless to say, the raccoon turn out to be an additional snack for the cubs that day.

Munsey  and Boda now weigh 400 to 423 pounds. The cubs are now 20 months old and Munsey  weighs in at 400 pounds, while Boda’s weight is 423 pounds. These photographs were taken on Monday October 2nd.


If you would like to purchase a photographic Kodiak Bear Book , greeting cards, writing journals, photographic prints, coasters or a deck of playing cards please contact me.  The Wildwood Zoo Store sells my bear books and greeting cards.  So stop in at the Zoo store (which is open on weekends) or contact me.  A portion of the sales is donated to the Zoological Society!


The public is invited to journey through the colorful north woods  and stop in at the many art studios and art gallery’s along the way.

Here’s a little peek at some of the new items I have at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio (listed as #14 on the art studio tour map).


The dragonfly themed photography and artwork are offered as 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 prints as well as a  greeting cards and coasters.



Leap of Faith is a series of artwork created to honor those families that have a child with autism.  The Leap of Faith series was inspired by my daughter who is a line a therapist for autistic children.  The artwork in this series is sold as originals, reproduction prints, coasters, a deck of playing cards, greeting cards and as a journal (lined pages).

To learn more about the northwoods art tour go the the following link:


SURVIVORS is a new series of artwork inspired by three orphaned Kodiak bear cubs.  The artwork is offered as photographic prints, greeting cards, a deck of playing cards, journals, coasters and photographic books.