Biography / Wiki
A zookeeper is a person who cares for animals in zoos, parks, or aquariums according to the Association of Zoo Keepers. Being a zookeeper comes with certain responsibilities, but some people enjoy the wonders of this career.
Jack Bushnell Hanna famed as Jack Hanna is one of those people who has done this task very well. Moreover, he is a retired zookeeper, author as well as former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Other than this, his appearance on “David Letterman’s talk show” and “Good Morning America” brought national attention and increased the attendance of the Columbus Zoo by over 400%. In fact, he was also awarded the Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Children’s Series’ in 2008 & 2012 & for ‘Outstanding Travel Program’ in 2013.
Recently, he came into the limelight in April 2021 when his family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia, subsequently thought to be Alzheimer’s disease, and would make no further public appearances.
Height / Weight / Age
Born on 02 January 1947, this eminent personality has turned 74 years old in the year 2021. He seems very tall with his towering height which is 182 in centimeters and 5’11” in feet & inches.
He is very conscious about his physique and maintains himself with a weight of 80 in kilograms and 176 lbs in pounds. He is also very conscious about his physique and maintains himself with perfect body measurements.
Jack has accumulated a very decent amount of net worth through his professional career as a zookeeper. According to the sources, his estimated net worth is $10 million approximately. Moreover, Hanna also owns a beautiful mansion and he is living a luxurious and lavish lifestyle.
Education / Family
Born and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, the USA, Jack belongs to the white ethnicity. However, he never disclosed the name of his parents and siblings. Moreover, he owned a farm outside Knoxville where he grew up.
As of his education, he studied at Kiski All-Boys boarding school in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Jack graduated in the year 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio where he majored in business and political science.
|Nick Name||Jungle Jack|
|Birth Place||Knoxville, Tennessee, USA|
|Date of birth||2 January 1947|
|Age||74 years old (as of 2021)|
|Height||In feet & inches: 5’11”
In centimeters: 182 cm
|Weight||In kilograms: 80 kg
In pounds: 176 lbs
|Eye color||Not known|
|Hair color||Not Known|
|School||Kiski All-Boys boarding school|
|Home town||Knoxville, Tennessee, USA|
|Fathers name||Not Known|
|Mothers name||Not Known|
Career / Fashion and Style
Talking about his career, Jack began his professional career by starting the Pet Kingdom and continued to buy animals for his private zoo at home. However, when a three-year-old boy was mauled by a lion at Hanna’s farm, he shut down the petting zoo and moved to Florida with his family.
Later, Jack served for a wildlife adventure company and directed Botanical Gardens and the small Central Florida Zoo from 1973 to 1975. Furthermore, in the year 1978, he joined Columbus Zoo as executive director.
Apart from that, from the year 1981-1983, Hanna worked as a host of a local television program, “Hanna’s Ark”, which aired on the local CBS affiliate in Columbus, WBNS. Other than this, he also published many books for children and also published his autobiography, “Monkeys on the Interstate” in the year 1989.
Besides this, he was also the host of the syndicated TV Shows including Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. In fact, he has made his appearance on other shows such as Nancy Grace, Larry King Live, Maury, and The Hollywood Squares.
Later, in the year 1996, he released an album entitled “Jack Hanna’s World” along with Mark Frye. Moreover, Jack announced his retirement from the Columbus Zoo in June 2020.
Girlfriend, Affairs, Wife, and More
Jack is a married man who got married to Suzi Egli in 1968 in Brown Chapel, on-campus in Muskingum University. This sweet couple has been married for 52 years. Moreover, the duo was blessed with three children together named Julie, Kathaleen, and Suzanne Hanna.
His daughter, Julie is married and lives in Cincinnati with her four kids while Julie’s sister, Kathaleen is also married and lives in the UK. His last-born daughter, Suzanne lives with their parents and works in Columbus zoo and aquarium.
Apart from that, Jack is the grandad of six grandchildren. As of now, he is spending a happy and blissful life with his family.
|Children||Daughters: Kathaleen, Julie, and Suzanne Hanna
Here we are providing the list of favorites of Jack Hanna:
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|Favorite Actress||Not Known|
|Favorite Destination||Not Known|
|Favorite Musical instrument||Not Known|
|Favorite sports||Not Known|
|Favorite food||Not Known|
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Some Interesting Facts About Jack Hanna
- His Zodiac Sign is Capricorn.
- Jack and his wife went to the same university.
- He was also named as one of the ’50 Most Beautiful People by People’ magazines in the year 1996.
- Hanna and Suzi also opened a pet shop “Pet Kingdom” in Knoxville.
- When he was 11, he volunteered for the family veterinarian, Dr. Roberts.
- He served as the director of the zoo for fourteen years.
- He is also the recipient of “National Wildlife Federation’s Animal Heroes Award” and “R. Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence”.
- This renowned personality is an honorary board member for Canine Companions for Independence.
- Hanna is also a great supporter of several charities including Kids Wish Network, Big Cat Rescue, and the National Wildlife Federation.
- He created Partners in Conservation (PIC) and worked to conserve mountain gorillas in Rwanda in 1991.