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Helen (Delaney) and Fred (Alfred) Martini, NY
Posted by: George Ella Lyon Date: February 22, 2002 at 05:49:38
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I am writing a book about Helen Delaney Martini, founder of the first Animal Nursery at the Bronx Zoo. She married Fred (Alfred) Martini in 1932 in New York. A jeweler, Fred changed careers & became head of the Lion House at the Zoo and Helen began to take care of rejected cubs at home. Eventually she founded the nursery and wrote about her experience in MY ZOO FAMILY (Harper, 1955).

Fred died in 1984 and Helen in 1994. They had no children. Zoo officials tell me she was cared for by a neice, her guardian, in her last years. I would love to be in contact with any family members.

Thanks in advance for your reply.


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