Tag Archive: Wildwood Park and Zoo


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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.

 

 

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’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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2017-06-22 10.34.22(Above) 7/2017 -Myself with Boda

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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 wendlandtsusan@gmail.com

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!

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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

This 605 lbs. Kodiak cub loves his snack time!  Munsey always eats his meals and snacks as slowly as he possibly can do so, enjoying every morsel he of food during  meal and snack time!

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It can take Munsey up to 30 minutes to eat his breakfast, while Boda almost inhales every meal and he isn’t a happy camper when he has to watch Munsey  slowly eating his meal .

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I photographed these paws on 9/28/2017, while Munsey and Boda were napping by the observation window located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit area.  I didn’t think of measuring these powerful paws at the time but in the future I’ll bring along a string to take measurements and document the growth of the paws.

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Munsey and Boda had fun visiting with zoo guest’s at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield on  August 22nd.

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Munsey and Boda are buddies!  I’m sure it’s unusual for two male cubs to be as closely bonded as these two brothers.

While the brother’s can often be found wrestling with each other  (as bear’s often do ) they have demonstrated  that they are truly fond of each other and care about each other. This is often demonstrated when the cubs are napping.

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