Category: Wildwood Park and Zoo


20170803_132021Munsey and Boda enjoyed themselves today during a rain storm.  The cool rain is the type of weather the bear’s enjoy most.

Below is a link to a video of Munsey and Boda playing in the pool at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.

 

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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.

 

17635158_10154970834421071_7360387466208150472_oBelow is a link to when I was interviewed by WSAW Channel 7 news station.  The wonderful camera man came to my home and we chatted about the bears for at least an hour and then went to the zoo and spent another another hour or more talking about the rescued Kodiak bear cubs, Munsey and Boda!

Thank you Channel 7 News Station for the great coverage on Wildwood Zoo and Marshfield, Wisconsin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=susan+wendlandt+bear+ambassador&start=10&sa=N&tbm=isch&imgil=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%253Bdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.wsaw.com%25252Fcontent%25252Fnews%25252FYOUR-TOWN-MARSHFIELD–426010014.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=6eiQF112vs-bRM%253A%252Cdxc1ZoGL5cUnPM%252C_&usg=__U3H0hOAp-qUfHNnrE6p0QRySdKc%3D&biw=1920&bih=950&ved=0ahUKEwjfrK2Y-KbUAhUE04MKHSjUDM04ChDKNwgu&ei=0201WZ_3CYSmjwSoqLPoDA#imgrc=6eiQF112vs-bRM:

If you’d like to purchase any of the photographic Kodiak bear books or other merchandise dedicated to Munsey and Boda, please stop in at “iMAGiNETHAT!” Art Studio on July 28,29 and 30th or October 6,7 and 8th.  My art studio is #12 on the NORTHWOODS ART TOUR MAP.     http://www.northwoodsarttour.com.

 

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The observation window at the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit is offers a wonderful view of Munsey and Boda while their eating, playing and interacting with zoo guests.  It’s that time of year when many school groups are stopping in to visit the animals at Wildwood Zoo!

If you happen to see me around and want an update on the bears, please feel free to stop and me any questions.  I’m usually wearing a camera around my neck , small backpack and sometime a chart for documenting information about the bears.

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On Saturday, May 13th Munsey and Boda spent a few hours floating and playing with the metal beer keg in the pond located in the Bear Woods habitat area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield Wisconsin.aDSC_3487

The Kodiak bear’s seemed almost well behaved as they shared the empty beer keg.

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I often wonder if Munsey and Boda can smell the remains of the beer inside the keg.aDSC_3564

Of course  Munsey and Boda have to hug each other /wrestle each other in the water as well as on land!  On their most active days the bears will play tag and  wrestle with each other every 20 to 30 minutes. The interaction can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes.

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Since the bears have such a heightened sense of smell, I wonder if they can identify what their brother has eaten for a meal that day?  The specific action between the two bears is considered a positive interaction.

 

 

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Yes, Munsey and Boda are once again climbing high into the tree tops!

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Maybe it was the wonderful guitar music that inspired Boda to take to the tree tops in the late afternoon on Saturday May 13th, 2017.

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While Boda was pruning the tree tops, Munsey was collecting the branches that Boda was dropping  all around him. aDSC_3812

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That’s little branch is holding up about 600 lbs. of Kodiak bear.  Things got a little tense when Boda placed his weight on dead or partially broken branch and I could hear the branch cracking from the bears weight. I’m sure Boda could feel the branch giving underneath him!  So he maneuvered himself around and shifted his weight onto another branch!

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Munsey and Boda seem to know when it’s breakfast or lunch time at Wilwood Zoo.  So they often decide to keep a watchful eye out for Steve Burns (the head zookeeper) or other trained staff members that serve them their meals everyday.

 

Munsey and Boda had a refreshing snack of pineapple and coconuts this morning.  The only problem with a coconut, is trying to figure out how to crack the thing open,to get the good stuff inside!

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Here’s Munsey (above photograph) trying to figure out how to crack the shell of the coconut.

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Boda managed to figure out the secret of cracking and opening the coconut shell but poor Munsey just couldn’t get the shell to crack!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8owyhIBKuuE

 

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It’s a rainy and at the very least a drizzly kind of day and it’s my birthday.   I was determined to get a few photographs of Munsey and Boda today.  So with an umbrella in hand I went to Wildwood Zoo hoping to get a few interesting photographs of the boys and they did not disappoint!

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Boda was up the tree when I arrived and I’m still amazed that the branch he’s standing on, held up under the weight of almost 600 lbs.!

So when Boda is descending from the tree he reminds me of Whinny The Pooh , stuck   in the doorway of the his den.  It appears that descending requires far more  thought, time and talent  than climbing up the tree!  Boda should know that he’s too big for tree climbing!  Maybe I should get him some rock climbing gear!

While Boda was trimming the limbs off the tree, Munsey was gathering and moving the fallen tree limbs that would become the bears late morning snack.

I’m really looking forward to working on the next Munsey and Boda book that has these tree climbing adventures and new information of the cubs growth and activities!

 

 

I spent four hours photographing Munsey and Boda on April 17th.  Munsey’s weight is about 575 pounds and Boda’s weight is about 594 pounds.  On April 17th, 2016 the cubs weights was 230 pounds and in October of 2015 the cubs weights was 120-130 pounds.

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Munsey has been  initiating  the wrestling matches over the Winter months , while Boda was moving a bit slower because of the Winter weather.  Munsey favorite way to bother Boda is to pull Boda’s ear.  Now that spring has arrived Munsey and Boda are as active as ever and during their active periods they will usually wrestle with each other about four times during a 60 minute period of time.  One of the best times of day to see these guys in action in the Bear Woods is usually around 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

DSC_0073 You can find them playing tag, having water fights in the Bear Pond and bathing.

Munsey’s favorite water activity is finding a nice size rock and placing it on his nose or forehead and launching it into the air.

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The bears should of stopped climbing tree’s about 12 months ago but on March 17th, 2017,  I watched Boda climbing back up one of his favorite trees in the Bear Woods.

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There’s something just not right about a 600 pound bear climbing up a tree!  I guess the bears were curious about the sounds of a chain saw that was cutting down one of the large tree’s at Wildwood Zoo that day.  Of-course the bears love the taste of those tender new leaves on the tree but it takes a lot of energy for Munsey and Boda to get their muscular bodies up into the tree’s as well as getting themselves back down to the ground.

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You can see the difference in the growth of the cubs since they arrived in October 2015.

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On March 17th, 2017, I photographed Munsey climbing this tree trunk and standing on top of the trunk.  The Kodiak cubs never cease to amaze me!