Fictional character

Name: Gerald Schliske

Age: Late 30s

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: German

Profession: Mechanic/Veterinarian

Location: Seneca Park Zoo

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Medical experience, Imaginative, Empathetic, Animal Lover

Biography (ca. 1921):
Gerald Schliske, a descendant of German immigrants, grew up in Rochester during the late 1800s. After his first visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in 1896, he was absolutely fascinated by the animal kingdom. Originally Schliske sought to become a veterinarian, but the Great War changed those plans. As the demand for veterinarians was lower than human doctors, he turned towards helping injured humans as opposed to his beloved animals. But this experience changed him for the better, as he earned first-hand experience with new the steam prosthetics. When the war ended, Schliske took this knowledge back home with him. Embracing the ideals of the Steam Movement, he began to creating steam prosthetics for animals. He believed animals should receive the same medical treatment to injured limbs as their human companions. His work didn’t take off until the Seneca Park Zoo enlisted Schliske to spice up their exhibits. And in 1920 he created his first fully mechanized animal: Copper the Mechanical Camel, who would give rides to guests around the park.