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Warsaw Zoological Garden

40 hectares, 12,000 animals belonging to 500 species – come and spend the whole day surrounded by nature. Visit the bears, see the feeding of seals and hippos, look at the giraffes and observe the chimpanzees. Also, go to the terrarium and aquarium, see different species of birds and tropical fish. It’s a great place to relax for the whole family.

The zoo suffered greatly during the war – after the German invasion of Poland, it was bombed, and animals were killed, eaten or deported to the Reich. The director of the zoo, Jan Żabiński, became a hero. During World War II, he and his family hid people who needed help in their home, mainly Jews who had escaped from the ghetto.

Warszawski Ogród Zoologiczny, tygrys sumatrzański leży na trawie.
Miejski Ogród Zoologiczny w Warszawie, fot. Anna Witkowska