Category: Marshfield Wildwood Park and Zoo

I’m not sure where the time has gone but Munsey and Boda are 3 years old today!

aaDSC_3869 2016-01-6(Above)  Munsey and Boda 1/2016  – The weight of Boda is about 192 lbs. and Munsey is about 185 lbs.

These two sweet hearts have had many adventures since they were born and it’s a blessing in it’s self that the cubs survived after their mother was shot illegally. Five days after their mother was killed the cubs were rescued by the Dodge Hunting party assisted by Nate Svobda and nursed back to health by the Anchorage Zoo staff and the rest is history!

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DSC_8813(Above) Munsey and Boda 2/2018   The weight of Munsey is around 720 lbs. and Boda is around 820 lbs.

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To learn more about Munsey and Boda, check out the books I’ve written documenting the growth and development of these two wonderful Kodiak bears. To purchase these books send an email to

The first time I ventured out this year to take photographs of Munsey and Boda was on January 4th,2018 and then I stopped by again on the 18th and 19th.


Since I hadn’t seen these guys that often this winter I contacted the zoo staff and informed them I’d made an ice globe frozen fruit treat for Munsey and Boda.



It never ceases to amaze me at the the strength of the bears jaws bones.  It usually takes Munsey and Boda about 10 minutes to finish this type of frozen fruit snack.  If the bears are given regular fruit as a snack they pretty much inhale the fruit in a few minutes.


When I arrived at the zoo on January 18th, I was hoping to get some action shots of the cubs playing in the snow and this time of year I’m not sure what the cubs activity schedule is like because I just don’t get to spend as much time observing the them because of the cold weather.


So on this particular visit Munsey and Boda were just laying around, digging around under the snow and in-between the large tree trucks.



Just as I was about to leave, I bumped into some guests and spent some time sharing information about the rescue of Munsey and Boda and in doing so I stayed long enough to catch the two Kodiak brothers begin playing with each other in the snow.


The photograph above  and below – Munsey is on the left and Boda is on the right.



The cubs had a grand time playing around and chasing each other in the snow that day.


(Photograph above) Munsey taking a sniff of the yummy stuff packed into the ice globes.

Munsey and Boda has a grand time chomping down on their frozen fruit globes filled with strawberries, banana’s, raspberries, peanut-butter, coconut, apple slices and a drizzle of honey!




I’m constantly amazed at the size and strength of the bears jaws!  The smaller ice globes had at least an inch of ice shell with the fruit snacks packed into the center of the globes and the cubs bite, cracked the shell open without any struggles.


The small ice globes were made from 12 inch balloons and the larger ice globes were made from punch-balls filled with water and cracked open and stuffed with healthy bear snacks.


I observed how well behaved Boda was while Munsey finished off his small ice globe.DSC_9345

On Friday Dec. 15th around 9:00 am  Munsey and Boda will be having a special holiday bear snack!  The photograph below is not a photograph of the snack that they’ll be getting.

So, if you’re in Marsfield and want to see Munsey and Boda get a special snack, stop by the Wildwood Zoo tomorrow morning!

And check out the special Christmas Enrichment activities at Wildwood Zoo on Sunday Dec. 17th, 10:00 am



My first choice for this book was KODIAK STRIPPER  but I thought that might give people the wrong idea about what might be hiding between the covers of my book!
The Kodiak bears are very good at stripping the bark off the tree’s and the cubs have  even destroyed a few tree’s in both the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit and the Bear Woods Habitat Area.
My new book “BRANCH MANAGEMENT” can be purchased this Saturday, December 16th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave. Marshfield, WI. I will also have the rest of my Kodiak Bear merchandise (coasters, journals, cards and books) as well as my limited edition greeting cards, art journals and a selection small original prints / collages. 
Prices range from $3.00 to $30.00. Please stop by and take a peek at the section of artwork and photographs that range from the documentation of the two rescued Kodiak bear cubs to original and reproduction prints. 20171106_195341
“BRANCH MANAGEMENT” offers the reader 20 pages of photographs documenting the growth and development of Marshfield’s beloved Kodiak bear cubs (Munsey and Boda).  The photographs depict the close relationship the Kodiak bears have with trees.

The weather conditions couldn’t of been better for Munsey and Boda to enjoy an early afternoon roll in the snow!  At times it looked as tho the Kodiak brothers might of had a snowball fight, as Boda’s face appeared to of been splattered with a huge snowball!


The boys were extremely active when I stopped by to visit them, as they wrestled around in the fresh snow and explored the slushy ice pond in the Bear Woods.

These photographs were taken on Monday Dec.11th around 12:30 -1:30 pm.  My hands began to get very cold after about 30 minutes of exposure to the elements but the bears seemed comfortable playing around in the 20 degree weather.  Munsey’s weight is 680 lbs. and Boda’s weight is now 760 lbs.


It appears that Munsey (standing over Boda) has defiantly learned a few new wrestling moves from watching “Animal Plant”! Munsey was holding his own whenever I’ve observed them wrestling!


If you’d like to learn more about Munsey and Boda,  I’ll be happy to talk to you this Saturday  from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, WI.


The public is invited to attend Christmas At Wildwood Zoo on Sunday Dec. 17th from 10 – 11:30 am.

The event will offer enrichment activities for the animals at  Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield!

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Join us December 17th at 10AM for Christmas at Wildwood Zoo!

We will be doing enrichment with the animals – giving them “gifts” and learning a little about them. Please meet near the Kodiak Bear Exhibit.

If you’d like to bring a gift for the Zoo animals, our wishlist:
• Apples
• Peanut butter
• Honey
• Mild spices
• Carrots
• 1 gallon Ziplock bags
• Raisins
• Jam/jelly
• Other produce
• Unsalted nuts
• 2 quart tupperware containers
• Gift Cards to area grocery stores or pet stores
• Frozen fish (no smoked or seasoned)
• Frozen beef, game meat, poultry
(no pork, smoked, or seasoned)


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To learn more go to the Wildwood Zoo Facebook page!


If your in the mood for watch Munsey and Boda climbing 30 plus feet into the tree tops, check out this video taken in June 2017!

Boda is the bear highest in the tree tops with Munsey just beneath his brother.


Remember that you can purchase my new book dedicated to the Kodiak Bears and (their adventures climbing tree’s ) on Dec. 16th, at the Marshfield Mercantile located at 355 S. Central Ave. Marshfield, WI. More details will be announced in the near future!

Munsey and Boda continue to flourish under the care of the Marshfield Wildwood Zoo Staff and the watchful eyes of the Marshfield community.  As of December 1st, 2017 Munsey’s weight has increased to 680 lbs, while Boda’s weight is now 760 lbs.

My next Kodiak bear book is title “Branch Management”, and offers the reader an opportunity to observe the cubs growth and development focused around their many activities involving the tree’s located in both the Bear Woods and the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit!  I will be selling my Kodiak Bear merchandise at the Marshfield Mercantile on Saturday December 16th.



Watching Boda try to reach for a little dangling  tree branch, makes me wonder if he’ll  take to the tree tops again in March of 2018.  Many of the bears favorite climbing trees were cut down in late October and early November.  So the Bear Woods Habitat area has many enrichment options for Munsey and Boda to explore this winter.





Here’s a peek at some of the updated Kodiak bear products I’ve produced for the upcoming holiday season!



Below are some images of collages and prints and drawings inspired by two Kodiak bear cubs that reside at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  The series of artwork is titled “WALKABOUT”.


(above) original collagraph print is used as a background with added watercolor  and a variety of original printed and painted papers have been adhered to create a forest seen in this collage.

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(above) Mixed media/ collage/ assemblage  The background and bear formations are original collagraph prints , the foreground is created from hand made sculpted paper, to create the feel of a wooded rocky terrain.


(above) This original collagraph print was created using multiple collagraph plates, each inked and pulled through the press separately and water color was added to increase the intensity of the colors.

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(above) Title: “Munsey”   Charcoal drawing of a Kodiak bear cub. This drawing was created with powdered charcoal.  The powdered charcoal was added and subtracted with a feather.  The feather was especially useful when creating the longer tufts of fur on the bear.

Many of these images are also for sale as a reproduction print and greeting cards.