You don't have to travel to Alaska to get up close and personal with a Kodiak bear... we have TWIN Kodiak Bear Cubs right here in Wisconsin, at the Wildwood Park & Zoo!
Wildwood Zoo Hours
- April 1 - Memorial Day: Daily, 7:30am-6:00pm
- Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily, 7:30am-7:30pm
- Labor Day - October 31: Daily, 7:30am-6pm
- November 1 - March 31: Daily, 7:30am-2:30pm
The zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & News Year's Day.
We cannot guarantee that the bears will be available for viewing, due to feeding schedules or the bears deciding to play in their large natural habitat.
An In-Depth Look at the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit
Munsey & Boda
Twin Kodiak Bear Cubs at Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield, WI
In October of 2015, the Wildwood Zoo welcomed "Munsey & Boda," twin Kodiak bear cubs from Alaska. However, their story started 5 months earlier, when the cubs' mother was illegally shot and killed by an unguided hunter. Although brown bear hunting in Kodiak is open through mid-May, it's never legal to kill a sow with cubs. At 4 months old, brown bear cubs are almost entirely dependent on their mother for food and protection, and only about half make it to adulthood.
With the sow dead, the cubs had almost no chance of survival in the wild. Luckily Tim, a guide from the Munsey Bear Camp, which provides family-friendly bear viewing and photographic experiences, had been watching them with a spotting scope. After discovering their mother had been shot, Mike Munsey contacted the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and was authorized to rescue the cubs.
Tim, along with Brandon and Harry, brought the cubs back to one of Munsey's cabins, where they stayed overnight until biologist Nate Svoboda could reach them the following day. Svoboda found the cubs hiding under a bed in the cabin, exhausted and frightened, and accompanied them to the Alaska Zoo, where they were fed, cared for and nursed back to health.
Kodiak bears are the largest bears in the world, along with their nearest relative, the polar bear. Wild Kodiak bears can grow to be 1,400 pounds and stand 10 feet tall, while captive Kodiaks have grown to be much larger. Although they are often touted as the world's largest carnivore, they are actually omnivores. Fish is an important part of their diet, but they eat more grass, plants and berries than meat, and rarely expend the time or effort necessary to chase and kill animals. However, meeting one in the wild might not be the best time to hope they are a vegan!
The natural habitat of the Kodiak bear is in the Kodiak Archipelago in southwestern Alaska, and that's the only place in the world where these bears exist in the wild. As one of the few zoos in the "lower 48" to be an adopted home to the Kodiak bear, we created an environment for our bears that would rival exhibits in much larger cities, such as San Diego or Milwaukee, using bridges to connect habitats in a relatively new design. A 15-foot-wide glass viewing window encourages up-close and personal bear encounters, and provides shade and shelter for visitors.
After the new exhibit was completed, and Marshfield welcomed the cubs to their new home, everyone in the community suggested names, and the top 6 were presented via survey to the public. Over 2,500 votes were received, with the overwhelming majority choosing "Munsey & Boda," honoring Mike Munsey, who was instrumental in rescuing the cubs, and Nate Svoboda, the wildlife biologist who nursed them back to health.