Jack Hanna, popular host of the hit television series, Jack
Hanna's Animal Adventures, is one of America's most beloved naturalists and
adventurers. Each week, Hanna takes millions of family viewers on exciting
journeys to learn about animals and the places they live. What makes the series
a success to a broad segment of viewers is Hanna's enthusiasm and wonderment
with every new creature and experience he encounters. No intellectual pomp or
indifference here• Jack Hanna is "every person's" television zoologist.
Hanna began to receive national attention after he became Director of the
rundown Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio in 1978. He not only transformed the zoo
into a model facility, but through his media savvy, made the Columbus Zoo a
household name. He is a regular guest on shows including "Good Morning America,"
"Larry King Live," "The Late Show With David Letterman," "Hollywood Squares" and
"The Maury Povich Show." He also makes countless personal appearances and
speeches throughout the U.S.
The route to becoming a national celebrity began in his family's bathtub in
Knoxville, Tennessee where he raised bluegills and then extended his menagerie
to their backyard. After majoring in business in college, Hanna, with support
from his wife, Suzi, started a pet shop and petting zoo, worked for a wildlife
adventure company and directed a small Florida zoo. The couple's subsequent move
to Columbus (with their three daughters) was the start of Hanna's rising media
star. Not only was he a regular on national talk shows, his autobiographical
book, "Monkeys on the Interstate," was a hit in 1989. Other books, including one
for children, "Let's Go To The Petting Zoo With Jungle Jack," followed.
The natural progression for someone with Hanna's knowledge of animals and the
wild, along with his media popularity was to have his own show, Jack Hanna's
Animal Adventures. It now reaches 95% of U.S. television households every
weekend and is viewed in over 60 countries worldwide. Director Emeritus of the
Columbus Zoo since 1993, he still remains active in the zoo and his community.
Hanna is a Professional Fellow of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association and a
member of the Explorer's Club. He is also an active supporter of Easter Seals
and the Leukemia Society and serves on the boards of several educational
institutions. While he takes all of his civic responsibilities seriously, he
maintains that wildlife conservation is his true calling. "Jack Hanna's Animal
Adventures gives me the platform to excite people and get them to care about
animals. For me, this is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream."