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Jack Hanna 2021 Celebrity zookeeper diagnosed with dementia

Jack Hanna 2021 Celebrity zookeeper  diagnosed with dementia

Jack Hanna 2021 Celebrity zookeeper diagnosed with dementia

Jack Hanna Jack Hanna Celebrity with dementia diagnosed zookeeper

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 12:00:00 -0700

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and still serves as its director emeritus

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“Dad advocated for improved wildlife habitats 

FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a serval cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a snow leopard cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a cheetah cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE—In this file photo from Sept.

5, 2013, Jack Hanna stands at the front entrance of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.

The family of the celebrity zookeeper and frequent talk-show guest said Wednesday, April 7, he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

His family said in a news release it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease and it has progressed very quickly in the last few months.

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992.

FILE—This file photo from May 22, 2014, shows Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, right, Betty White, actress and longtime animal advocate at the grand opening of the Heart of Africa exhibit at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.

Hanna’s family said Wednesday, April 7, that the celebrity zookeeper and frequent talk-show guest has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

In a news release they said it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease and it has progressed very quickly in the last few months.

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family said.

In a news release Wednesday, his family added that it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease that has quickly progressed in the last few months.

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and still serves as its director emeritus.

“Dad advocated for improved wildlife habitats and focused on connecting the community with animals,” the statement signed by his three daughters said.

Hanna continued to be a spokesperson for the Ohio zoo until he retired in 2020.

Hanna is also well-known for his live animal demonstrations on talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman and James Corden, increasing the profile of the Columbus Zoo and leading to massive attendance increases over the years.

Hanna, who always wore khakis on every television appearance and in photos, hosted the popular syndicated TV show “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” from 1993 to 2008.

He also hosted “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” which started in 2007, and “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” until last year.

“While Dad’s health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through,” the statement said.

“And yes, he still wears his khakis at home.”

His family asked for privacy in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

“He has spent his life connecting people and wildlife because he has always believed that having people see and experience animals is key to engaging them in more impactful conversations,” his family said.

“Even though Dad is no longer able to travel and work in the same way, we know that his infectious enthusiasm has touched many hearts and will continue to be his legacy.”

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FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a serval cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a snow leopard cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE – Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a cheetah cub in New York on Oct.

12, 2015.

The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

FILE—In this file photo from Sept.

5, 2013, Jack Hanna stands at the front entrance of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.

The family of the celebrity zookeeper and frequent talk-show guest said Wednesday, April 7, he’s been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

His family said in a news release it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease and it has progressed very quickly in the last few months.

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992.

FILE—This file photo from May 22, 2014, shows Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, right, Betty White, actress and longtime animal advocate at the grand opening of the Heart of Africa exhibit at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Powell, Ohio.

Hanna’s family said Wednesday, April 7, that the celebrity zookeeper and frequent talk-show guest has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

In a news release they said it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s disease and it has progressed very quickly in the last few months.

The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992.

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Jack Hanna, an animal and wildlife expert who became famous after his many TV appearances, is retiring from public life due to dementia, his family announced 

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Updated: April 7, 2021 @ 10:20 pm

Animal expert Jack Hanna, shown here at the National Wildlife Federation’s “Voices for Wildlife” Anniversary Gala in 2011, is battling dementia, his family announced.

Animal expert Jack Hanna, shown here at the National Wildlife Federation’s “Voices for Wildlife” Anniversary Gala in 2011, is battling dementia, his family announced.

Jack Hanna, an animal and wildlife expert who became famous after his many TV appearances, is retiring from public life due to dementia, his family announced Wednesday.

“Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease,” Hanna’s family wrote in a statement posted to his verified Twitter account.

“His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated,” the statement read.

“Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him.”

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“Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animals became a staple on late-night and daytime TV, thanks to his many appearances on shows like “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “Late night with David Letterman” and “Today.”

Those appearances landed Hanna his own shows, including” Animal Adventures,” “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown.”

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The now 76-year-old reportedly retired from serving as director and then director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in December 2020 after 42 years.

“The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been a major part of our lives since we moved to Central Ohio as young girls in 1978,” his daughters wrote in their statement.

“From day one, Dad advocated for improved wildlife habitats and focused on connecting the community with animals.

After he left his active management role as Executive Director in 1992, he continued to be a spokesperson for the zoo until his retirement last year.”

The statement paid tribute to his wife Suzi, who “has been by his side for 53 years in every corner of the world” and Hanna’s love for the community at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“While Dad’s health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through.

And yes – he still wears his khakis at home,” the statement read.

“To keep everyone safe in light of COVID-19 restrictions, we are asking for privacy, which is ironic given Dad’s love of interacting with people.

We are grateful that the many hearts he’s touched over the years are with him during this journey, which gives us strength.”

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