Category: Marshfield Wildwood Park and Zoo


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(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!

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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.

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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.

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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    https://www.facebook.com/events/162708524333896/

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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.
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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162708524333896/

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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”.

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(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.

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(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.

 

 

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Munsey and Boda look down upon the dedicated worker’s preparing the light show for Festival of Light’s at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.20171108_135027

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Nov. 2015 (above)  Munsey 120 lbs.  & Boda   130 lbs.    October 27th,2016 (below) Boda  480 lbs.

 

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Below (left to right) Oct. 27, 2017 Boda  720 lbs. and Munsey  620 lbs.

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(above)  Boda – Oct. 27th 2017