A Forgotten Tale of Wartime Survival and Resistance. When Germany invaded Poland the bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of the animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski - both Christians - allowed Jews to take refuge in the empty cages. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups and several lynxes.