Tag Archive: Marshfield Wildwood Zoo


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Munsey and Boda never disappoint, when it comes to being interactive and sometimes even a little death-defying in regards to their behavior with each other and/or as individual characteristics.

Sometimes they’ll appear to be hugging each other and truly seem at peace with each other and the next minute they’ve into a full force wrestling match!

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Munsey loves to play and toss his collection of field stones whenever given the opportunity. I’ve documented him tossing his stones for 30 minute periods of time, multiple times throughout the day.

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When Munsey was finished with tossing field stones he decided to climb about 25 feet up a tree to retrieve some tender leaves and branches.

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As much as I enjoy photographing Munsey and Boda climbing up a tree, I really wish they’d stop climbing trees!  Munsey is about 840 lbs. and Boda is 860 lbs. on 8/29/2018. The boys an about 3 1/2 years old at this time.

 

My next book titled ” Swamp Stories” is in the process of being printed at this time and will be available at iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio during the Northwoods Art Tour scheduled for October 5-6-7 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. My studio is listed as Number #14, located just a mile north of Lakland Airport on Lake Bayer road. To learn more about the Northwoods Art tour go to the following link.    http://www.northhwoodsarttour.com

 

A selection of my limited edition Kodiak Bear-themed art cards and photographs can be purchased this at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio on  July 27-28 -29th from 10:00am- 5:00pm, listed as #14 in the Northwoods Art Tour Guide.
At this time I’m not set up to take credit cards but welcome cash and checks.

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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 handmade 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 watercolor 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’s special talent is to collect rocks and stones and place them on his nose or forehead and toss them up into the air and hit them with his paw.

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Munsey has been perfecting his technique in stone throwing for the past two years.

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This morning Munsey was kind enough to demonstrate just how well he can throw these rocks while swimming in the pond located at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

I had been informed that Munsey and Boda would stop climbing tree’s when they reached 12 months of age.  Well, I can tell you that this isn’t the case with Munsey and Boda!

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This is Munsey climbing a fairly small tree on June 26th, 2018! In August Munsey and Boda will be 3 1/2 years old and they are still climbing trees!

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Munsey is about 820 lbs at this time.  It’s hard to believe that a bear can manage to move that amount of weight right up a tree!

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As you can see, this tree isn’t very large and I know that I’d heard a number of branches cracking as Munsey began to desend back to Earth!

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It takes careful footing for Munsey to figure out where to place his weight as he makes his downward journey to the ground.

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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While I don’t like to dwell on our extended winter weather, this is what the first half of the month of April 2018 looked like in Marshfield, Wisconsin at Wildwood Zoo.

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Even Munsey and Boda were looking forward to the snow melting and the fresh green grass and tender leaves emerging from the buds on the trees!

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While I enjoy watching Munsey and Boda climb the tree’s in the Bear Woods, I’m ready for them to stop their climbing for safety reason’s. That’s 850 pounds of Kodiak bear up in that little tree!

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On April 19th the weather began warming up and the pond in the Bear Woods no longer was ice covered, which allowed Munsey and Boda to enjoy swimming and water wrestling once again.

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A favorite pastime for Munsey is finding a rock from the pond and trying to place it on the bridge of his nose and flip it into the air, while trying to catch it in his paw.

 

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Munsey has practiced and refined his rock throwing techniques over the past two years and I have seen him successfully flip that rock into the air and smack it a couple of feet across the pond.

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Meanwhile Boda is examining  a large log floating in the pond.

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I believe that Munsey has put in his application in maintenance management control, hoping to regulate the water distribution throughout the Bear Woods and JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Exhibit.

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The overflow from the large upper pond, allowed standing water for Munsey and Boda to enjoy.  The extra water also created an opportunity for frogs and other small creatures to thrive in that area as well.  So Munsey would spend hours pacing back and forth  creating a deep muddy path, while hoping to capture a little creature that might happen to come his way!aDSC_4778 boda

Where there is a spout, there is water, regardless how far out of reach it might be for these guys!

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It’s always wonderful to capture the connections between the zoo guests or staff members and the Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda!20170822_141734-1

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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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On April 20th, 2018 Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 840 lbs.

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On January 2016 Munsey’s weight was 175 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 185 lbs.

 

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On January 9, 2017 Munsey’s weight was 506 lbs. and Boda’s weight was 545 lbs.

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On February 1st, 2018  Munsey’s weight was 680 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 760 lbs.

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It’s hard to believe that these two brothers collectively  weigh  around 1,610 lbs.  with that amount of weight and the incredible amount of strength these two Kodiak bears have, I wouldn’t want to get in-between them while they’re giving each other a bear hug!

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Munsey and Boda appear to enjoy wrestling with each other in the pond located in the Bear Woods section of the habitat area.

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Munsey and Boda also enjoy playing with beer keg that floats around the pond.

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