Edmund Heller
Edmund Heller was an American zoologist.

Heller attended Stanford University
Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university on an campus located near Palo Alto, California. It is situated in the northwestern Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula, approximately northwest of San...

 in 1896 and finished his study of zoology with a Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...

 degree in 1901. From 1926 to 1928 he was curator of mammals at the Field Museum of Natural History
Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It sits on Lake Shore Drive next to Lake Michigan, part of a scenic complex known as the Museum Campus Chicago...

 in Chicago
Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the US, after New York City and Los Angeles...

. Edmund Heller was the director of the Washington Park Zoo in Milwaukee (from 1928 to 1935) and the Fleishhacker Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo, housing more than 260 animal species, is a zoo located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, California, between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway...

 in San Francisco (from 1935 to 1939). He was also the president of the AZA
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums was founded in 1924 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and public aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation.The AZA headquarters is located in Silver...

 from 1935 to 1939. At the beginning of the 20th century he led many expeditions to Africa and in 1914 he wrote the book Life-histories of African Game Animals in collaboration with Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States . He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity...

. Species which were named after Heller are the Taita Thrush
Taita Thrush
The Taita Thrush , also known as Taita Olive Thrush or Heller's Ground Thrush, is a critically endangered bird from the family of thrushes , endemic to the Taita Hills in Kenya.-Description:...

 (Turdus helleri) or the Puna Thistletail
Puna Thistletail
The Puna Thistletail is a species of bird in the Furnariidae family. It is found in Peru and Bolivia.Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montanes and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland....

(Schizoeaca helleri).

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