Frederick Roth, who was head sculptor for New York’s Parks Department from 1934 to 1936, created Dancing Goat and the nearby sculpture Honey Bear. They were installed in 1937 as part of the construction of the new Zoo. Roth’s work also included friezes made in limestone and depicting animals that adorn the Zoo buildings.
Roth is the most represented artist in Central Park. In addition to the sculptures at the Zoo, he created the popular memorial Balto, the Sophie Loeb Fountain at Michael James Levin Playground, and Mother Goose at Rumsey Playfield.