5 Questions: Jack Hanna

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To purchase tickets to see Jack Hanna at the Lynn Auditorium October 15th visit www.lynnauditorium.com

5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

Jack Hanna is director emeritus for the Columbus Zoo. Besides becoming a regular guest and wildlife correspondent on countless television shows, Jack has hosted three television shows of his own: Jack Hanna’s ‘Animal Adventures,’ Jack Hanna’s ‘Into the Wild,’ and Jack Hanna’s ‘Wild Countdown.’ Jack will be sharing his love, stories, and experiences for animals with the audience at his upcoming show at the Lynn Auditorium.

SD: What do you enjoy most about animals?

JH: The joy that they bring to the faces of people. Especially that joy when you see an animal for the first time, exotic or domestic. I never get tired of my job. I have been doing this for 30 years and do about 50 shows a year. When you touch the heart, you teach the mind. I love teaching people about the animal world. The more you know, the more you can do.

SD: What is your most memorable encounter you have had with an animal?

JH: When I married my wife. She is a mammal, right? [He laughs] So many! In 1981, I went to Africa and I was mesmerized by seeing a lion for the first time in the wild.  To see any animal in its natural habitat is amazing. While in Rwanda, I came face to face with a Mountain Gorilla from about 1100 feet away. The gorillas brought us to Rwanda, but the schools and orphanage that the Columbus Zoo helps supports keeps us going back.  I still remember the moment when I was sitting there with a Silverback gorilla and its family. Each first experience, for me, is like a dream.

SD: Are there any animal species you have not encountered with yet, but want to?

JH: Big foot and the Loch Ness Monster, I am going to find them.

SD: What is the message you want to convey about the animal kingdom?

JH: I work with lots of accredited zoos and aquariums to make them better and enjoyable places to visit. Last year, the Columbus Zoo had its largest attendance of 3.1 million visits. Most of our animals come from other zoos and not the wild. Zoos and aquariums are havens for animals. ‘If you can’t see it, how can you save it,’ this is why the zoos and aquariums are so important.  We all need to do our part in preserving wild life. We need to keep them multiplying. Conservation work!

SD: Do you have any special animals that you are bringing to the Lynn Auditorium?

JH: A Sloth, a cheetah, some penguins, a bearcat from Africa and some birds. The show runs about 90 minutes (no breaks), with a few movie clips and lots of audience interaction.


For more information about Jack, visit www.jackhanna.com. To purchase tickets to see his show at the Lynn Auditorium October 15th visit www.lynnauditorium.com

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