Ebene Magazine – Jack Hanna Has Dementia and Retires From Public Life

Jack Hanna, the beloved former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, has been diagnosed with dementia which his family says has now progressed to Alzheimer’s disease, his three daughters announced on Wednesday.

In a statement posted to Hanna’s Twitter account, her daughters – Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie – said her condition has progressed much faster over the past few months than any member of her family could have imagined and that he is no longer able to participate. in public life as he did. Hanna, 74, became director of the Columbus Zoo in 1978 and is known for her popular weekly TV shows – which included Animal Adventures, Into the Wild, and Wild Countdown – and has also made countless TV appearances. Although he stepped down from his active managerial role as Executive Director of the Columbus Zoo in 1992, he continued to be the zoo spokesperson until his retirement last year.

“A passion for wildlife conservation and education has been at the heart of who our father is and everything he has accomplished with the help of so many people,” the statement said. “He has spent his life connecting people and wildlife because he has always believed that showing and experiencing animals is essential to involving them in more effective conservation efforts. … Even though Dad may no longer be able to travel and work the same way, we know his contagious enthusiasm has touched many hearts and will continue to be his legacy. ”

“Although Dad’s health has deteriorated rapidly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through,” the statement continued. “And yes – he always wears his khakis at home. “

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“She continues to be his rock (and ours too),” the statement read. “We have a lot of respect and admiration for Mom as we go through… this difficult time with Dad. “

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also tweeted a statement of support for Hanna and her family during this difficult time.

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