+++ Edward Kemeys was born in Savannah, Georgia in January 1843 He was educated in New York. He enlisted enlisted in that states 65th Regiment in the Civil War. He was a part of the Engineer Corps that built New York City's Central Park, where he was fascinated with the animals of the Central Park Zoo.
Kemeys travelled West to Wyoming in 1873 where he studied animals in the wild. On return, he opened a studio in New York, where he sculpted for the Philadelpia Cenennial Exposition of 1876. He later studied in Paris. Kemeys moved to Chicago in 1892 . He exhibited at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Kemeys was considered America's first Animalier. He died in Washington DC, May 11, 1907