Category: Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau


 

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http://focusonmarshfield.com/zookeeper-steve-burns-visits-home-kodiak-bears/

The link above is a news article regarding Steve Burns the zookeeper for Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield and his trip to Kodiak Island Alaska in connection with Munsey and Boda.

 

This first video is of Munsey as he awakes from his afternoon nap.

The following video’s are of Munsey and Boda playing with a fire hose.  Munsey has learned a new trick over the past few days.  He’s learned that he no longer needs to tread water for 30 minutes and hold his breath for long period of times to retrieve the fire hose. He’s discovered that if he kicks his hind legs around long enough, he’ll move the the hose from the bottom of the pool to the surface and capture the hose.

Boda is most often seen on the side of the pool because he doesn’t seem to enjoy swimming in the deeper water of the pool.

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The observations window offers a unique opportunity for zoo guests to observe the Kodiak cubs. Munsey and Boda  especially enjoy interacting with the youngest guests visiting  Wildwood Zoo!   This photo and video above was taken in early October of 2016.

 

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New signage is on display in front of the Bear Woods section of the Kodiak Bear Exhibit at Wildwood Zoo.  A team in Kodiak, AK and a team in Marshfield, WI. collaborated to create the new signage and the public can expect more  Kodiak bear signage to be added in the near future.

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This morning, Steve Burns ( Zookeeper at Wildwood Zoo) informed me that Boda’s  weight is  415 pounds while Munsey ‘s weight is 400 pounds. I secretly keep hoping that one day in the near future Munsey will gain enough weight and catch up to Boda weight.

The photograph on the left was taken in October of 2015  ( the cubs weight last October was 120 – 130 pounds) and the photograph on the right was taken today.  It’s been amazing to observe the growth and development the cubs have made since they first arrived almost one year ago.

(photograph on the left taken in October 2015) When the cubs crossed over the Floyd & Pat Hammus Bridge for the first time the cubs were lost behind the signage on the bridge. (photographs on the right taken this morning)  Today the bears can be seen as they cross over the bridge.  I’m looking forward to documenting the continued growth and development of the cubs over the next few years.

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While visiting  Munsey and Boda this morning I had the opportunity meet a few zoo guests and share some information with them about the cubs.

 

On August 17th, the cubs were swimming in the pond located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.

 

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It’s always hard to say goodbye to the interns at Wildwood Zoo!  Thank you Amy for doing such a great job during your stay at Wildwood Zoo.  Thank you for sharing information on Munsey and Boda! I always appreciated hearing new updates on the cubs!  Best of luck to you in the future and I hope we see each other again soon!

While visiting Munsey and Boda this past Thursday, I happened to cross paths with the staff from the Marshfield Community Television.  The staff had just finished filming an interview with Steve Burns about Munsey and Boda. So, here’s the link to the interview covering Munsey and Boda.

I also had an opportunity to join a scheduled tour of the behind the scenes care and facilities of Munsey and Boda.  I highly recommend that any visiting groups, families, and individuals schedule a behind the scenes tour of the facilities.  The tour is very interesting and you get to experience how the cubs use the scale so the staff can document their weight, how the cubs are fed, and so much more.  The Wildwood Zoo staff are very knowledgeable and friendly!  Thank you  to Cassandra and Amy (Wildwood Zoo Staff)  for allowing me to take photographs of you during the private tour.

I didn’t include all wonderful behind the scenes photographs that I had taken because I don’t want to spoil the experience for those guests that have the opportunity to go on the tour.  To schedule a tour, go to the following link.  http://ci.marshfield.wi.us/visitors/wildwood_zoo/tour_information.php

 

This is a slide video depicting the growth and development of Munsey and Boda from October 2015 to July 2016.