Study Guide

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 2

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 2

  • Jan has a dilemma: "Adolf has to be stopped" (2.1).
  • No, not Hitler, but a rhesus monkey named Adolf.
  • Hitler will be stopped before the monkey is, because this is literally never mentioned again.
  • Antonina wanders the zoo and observes the animals, like Tuzinka, "one of only twelve elephants ever born in captivity" (2.11).
  • Antonina longs for people to connect more with their animal natures, and she often invites artists to the zoo to "uncage their imaginations" (2.15).
  • If a zoo is looking for an ad slogan, snag that one. You can pay us in free zoo tickets.