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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Celeb zookeeper and animal TV present host Jack Hanna has been identified with dementia and can retire from public life, his household stated.
In a information launch Wednesday, his household added that it’s believed he now has Alzheimer’s illness that has shortly progressed in the previous couple of months.
The 74-year-old Hanna was director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and nonetheless serves as its director emeritus.
“Dad advocated for improved wildlife habitats and targeted on connecting the neighborhood with animals,” the assertion signed by his three daughters stated. Hanna continued to be a spokesperson for the Ohio zoo till he retired in 2020.
Hanna can also be well-known for his reside animal demonstrations on discuss reveals hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman and James Corden, growing the profile of the Columbus Zoo and resulting in huge attendance will increase over time.
Hanna, who at all times wore khakis on each tv look and in pictures, hosted the favored syndicated TV present “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” from 1993 to 2008. He additionally hosted “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild,” which began in 2007, and “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” till final 12 months.
“Whereas Dad’s well being has deteriorated shortly, we will guarantee you that his nice humorousness continues to shine by,” the assertion stated. “And sure, he nonetheless wears his khakis at residence.”
His household requested for privateness in mild of COVID-19 restrictions.
“He has spent his life connecting folks and wildlife as a result of he has at all times believed that having folks see and expertise animals is vital to partaking them in additional impactful conversations,” his household stated. “Though Dad is not capable of journey and work in the identical means, we all know that his infectious enthusiasm has touched many hearts and can proceed to be his legacy.”