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Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Jack Hanna

At a glance:

As a child, Jack spent his days cleaning animal cages for his local veterinarian and exploring the creek behind his house. Today, Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world.

As a child, Jack spent his days cleaning animal cages for his local veterinarian and exploring the creek behind his house. Today, Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world. His enthusiasm and “hands-on”approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as an author, television personality, conservationist, and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, CNN’s Larry King Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox News Programs, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Hanna took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three of his own nationally syndicated television programs Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and most recently Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

Jack and his TV crew have had the privilege to travel to Africa more than forty times and visit each continent at least twice. Although he has explored many fascinating cultures and animals throughout his travels, the country that has truly captured his heart is Rwanda. There he has experienced the thrill of observing the magnificent mountain gorillas, while also spending time with many people in the community. Jack is proud to support a number of Rwandan wildlife and humanitarian organizations including the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and Partner In Conservation. He is also an active supporter of the Leukemia Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, to name a few.

Author of ten books— and counting, his timeless tales continue to captivate audiences of every generation. In September 2008, Jack released his new autobiography, Jack Hanna: My Wild Life. He also has recently released the newest book in his children’s series, Passport Into the Wild. This book allows readers to travel by Jack’s side across all seven continents to explore fascinating cultures and animals.

Jack has been married for forty years to his beautiful wife Suzi. They have three daughters and six grandchildren together. In their free time they love spending as much time as they can with their family.

Whatever Jack’s role, he will always be an adventurer at heart, never hesitating to jump at the chance to travel, explore, and generate support for the animal world.

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  • Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live

    Whether he's talking about animals on TV programs or speaking to audiences live onstage, Jack loves bringing the animal world to audiences around the world!

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