Wildwood Zoo

Meet the Kodiak Bears at Wildwood Zoo

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The JP Adler Family Kodiak Bear Exhibit is now home to two very playful, young Kodiak bears!  Through the support and voting of the community, they were named Munsey and Boda!  They were named after Mike Munsey, the hunting guide that found them, and Nate Svoboda, Kodiak Wildlife Biologist that approved the Wildwood Zoo’s adoption of them.

On Monday May 4th, 2015 Mike Munsey called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to report that a sow with three cubs had been shot by an unguided hunter.  Due to their health condition and biologists not being able to get there until the next day, the Fish and Game gave him permission to remove the cubs from the den.  That night, Munsey’s camp gave them water and milk.  Their care continued at the Alaska Zoo until the JP Adler Family Kodiak Bear Exhibit was finished for two of them to call home.  The third cub joined two female grizzly bears in Toledo, Ohio.

Kodiak bears (brown bears from the Kodiak Archipelago) are classified as a distinct subspecies (U. a. middendorffi) from those on the mainland (U. a. horribilis) because they have been isolated from other bears since the last ice age about 12,000 years ago.  Brown bears are able to eat a wide variety of the foods such as:  salmon, berries, grasses, sedges, cow parsnip, ground squirrels, carrion, roots, moose and caribou.  As winter is approaching, pregnant females are usually the first to enter their dens and the last to exit.  In January and February, females usually have twins, but litter size can range from 1 to 4.  Families typically stay together for 2 to 3 years. (Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game)

Brown bears’ sense of smell is their strongest sense; it exceeds that of a dog.  Their eyesight and hearing are comparable to humans.  Good luck if you want to race them!  They can run up to 40 mph for short distances and they are excellent swimmers.