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Louis Paul Jonas was born in Budapest, Hungary, on July 17th, 1894.  He attended art school in Budapest before coming to the United States at the age of fourteen to join his brother, who had opened a taxidermy studio in Denver. He later moved to New York City where he worked with Carl Akeley mounting African elephants for The American Museum of Natural History.  He continued his studies while in New York at the National Academy of Design taking courses by Hermon MacNeil and George Bridgeman.  Rare and exotic animals were the subject of many of his sculptures, as Jonas continued to produce work for dioramas, as well as statuettes for educational use in schools and museums.  Jonas and his brother established a taxidermy studio in Yonkers, later moving to Mount Vernon and eventually settling near Hudson, New York.