Study Guide

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Chapter 36

By Diane Ackerman

Chapter 36

  • In this chapter, Ackerman tells us that the Nazis never quite succeeded in recreating the animals of the past.
  • Ironically, though, the Nazis "helped to save scores of rare plants and endangered animals" (36.9).
  • Ackerman visits Warsaw in 2005. She wanders the street and stares at a statue of a mermaid holding a sword (a.k.a., Ariel Gets Real).
  • Ackerman imagines that Antonina would have identified with the statue, "a defender half woman, half animal" (36.17).
  • The end.