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Henry Merwin Shrady led the sculpting of the thing. A NYer, he reportedly taught himself his craft by observing animals at the Bronx Zoo then shaping small table-top models of them. He & his partner Edward Pearce Casey won the commission in 1902 & completed the work 20 yrs later.

It's National Wildlife Day! With its thick coat and impressive rack of antlers, Henry Merwin Shrady’s realistic male moose exemplifies his command of animal anatomy, acquired in his studies at as well as through keen observation of zoo animals.

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