Tag Archive: JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit


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There are days when Munsey and Boda are chillaxing in the winter sun, dreaming of the warmer spring and summer months that will bring the smell and tastes of fresh buds on the trees and little animals running around their habitat area and the refreshing water in their pool and their pond.

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The winter in central Wisconsin provides Munsey and Boda a pond full of ice to excavate and Munsey case, it’s a supply of objects to toss into the air!

aDSC_0457   Boda is more interested in releasing his downed tree trunk, so he can move it around and show off his brute strength.

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Munsey and Boda truly enjoy each other’s company and they are never separated from each other for more than 15 minutes. Of course, they are bears and they love to wrestle with each other.  On Sunday, February 23rd, I documented the boys wrestling for about 45 minutes out of the 90 minutes I was charting their activities in the Bear Woods Habitat Exhibit.

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After about 10 minutes of wrestling Munsey and Boda take a short time out to catch their breath before starting the next wrestling match.  They aren’t growling or creating any loud vocal sounds directed at each other, usually just a lot of heavy breathing from the extensive physical activity.

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Then it’s time to rest, roll and slide around in the snow and dig up more ice chunks to break apart or toss into the air.  At this time Munsey is in the past 900 lbs. and Boda is over 1,000lbs.

 

Munsey and Boda had a wet and wild afternoon pool party as they enjoyed each others company swimming in the 13-foot swimming hole located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield WI.

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These two loving brothers really can play rough with each other but it’s all fun and Games for these two guys!

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(left to right Munsey and Boda)  When I first arrived at the zoo this afternoon Munsey and Boda were taking a nap! Well, kind of taking a nap!

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So if you happen to be visiting Munsey and Boda, remember if they are sleeping, it’s because they probably had a very active morning or play time.  Once they’ve rested up, they are usually up and about chasing each other, swimming in the pool or in the pond.

Regardless of what these two boys are up to, I always find them endlessly entertaining to watch and document!  In the two hours, I spent documenting the bears today at Wildwood Zoo I shot about 200 photographs of Munsey and Boda.

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This selection of photographs were taken on my birthday.  I spent about an hour watching Munsey and Boda relaxing in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat area and then splash around in the pond located in the Bear Woods. Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is about 840 lbs.

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The cubs had a great time playing with their toy’s in the pool located at the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.

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Of course they enjoy playing with their all time favorite toy, the fire hose!  They played with the fire hose for at least two hour’s today!

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Today Munsey and Boda offered zoo guest’s an up close and personal experience to interact via the large observation window at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Both the young and the young at heart love interacting with Munsey and Boda!

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The video clip above depicts Munsey, Boda and Dodge after they were rescued on Kodiak Island and taken to the Zoo in Anchorage.

The photographs (above the video clip)  were taken shortly after the cubs arrived at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.

The video link below explains the rescue story of Munsey, Boda and Dodge and includes photographs of when the cubs were first rescued.  I also recommend that you check out the two links that are provided with this video, to learn about the Grand Opening and other information about the rescue of the Kodiak Bear Cubs.

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The link below is a video of Munsey and Boda’s first Birthday party that was celebrated at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wiscosnin.

Tree climbing is a favorite pass time for the cubs. Here are two video clips of Munsey and Boda climbing the tree’s.  The first video is of the cubs climbing in October 2015 and the other two video’s depict the cubs climbing the tree’s in April of 2017.

 

 

Munsey and Boda have a brother Dodge that lives at the To

ledo Zoo in Ohio. Dodge has bonded with two female Grizzly cubs.  To learn more about Dodge, go to the follwing links below.

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/03/02/3-bears-orphaned-in-wild-find-Toledo-Zoo-home-is-just-right.html

 

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=773

 

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Rescued-brown-bears-on-exhibit-at-the-Toledo-Zoo-383093881.html

 

 

 

 

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Here are a list of new video’s to view on Munsey and Boda!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdg6vB0KO9c

This video was taken on December 4th 2016.  Munsey weighs 460 lbs. and Boda weighs 495 lbs.

The boys really seemed to enjoy braking off chunks of icicles and munching on them, while they wait for their lunch to arrive.

Here is a link to the video of Munsey and Boda playing Tog of War with the fire hose! The video was taken in mid November of 2016.

The snack time video was also taken about the same time as the first video but it depicts how the zoo staff offer enrichment activities for the bears swimming through offering a different snack time experience every day.

 

On December 4th,  Munsey and Boda  could still enjoy the 32 degree weather while they collected and munched on icicles from their waterfall.

On the afternoon of  December 5th it was 30 degrees and the wind really picked up , so I  only spent 30 minutes at Wildwood Zoo.  The doors to the indoor bear den were opened for the boys, so they could go inside where they were protected from the elements.  Boda sat outside the door for about 10 minutes and the remaining time he sat in the door opening resting.  One of the photographs has little droplets covering the photograph. The droplets were created from the spray of the water from the waterfall as the strong winds began that afternoon.