After serving as both the director and director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for 42 years, Jack Hanna has announced he will be retiring at the end of the year.
Hanna, who over the years has become a renowned animal expert, is credited with the success of the Columbus Zoo, which he joined in 1978 as the zoo’s director.
Prior to his involvement, the zoo housed animals in cage-like habitats. He worked on replacing their enclosures and increased educational learning opportunities for visitors.
As part of a statement from the zoo, Jack said:
As I approach my mid-70s with more than four decades at the Columbus Zoo, I believe it is time to wind down and officially step back while CEO Tom Stalf and the Zoo’s great leadership team continue to guide the Zoo into the future. Together with many friends and partners, we’ve come a long way to make the world a better place for people and wildlife!
Even though Hanna will be stepping back from his role at the Columbus Zoo, the beloved wildlife expert will retain his title as director emeritus.
Our 42 years at the Columbus Zoo have been the best of our lives—we’ve raised our daughters here and had the honor of revitalizing our Zoo alongside a great team while being advocates for wildlife worldwide. We look forward to supporting the Columbus Zoo for many years to come—while taking some much needed down time with our family along the way!
Hanna’s last day will be December 31, 2020.
Congratulations, Jack! Not only have you done an excellent job revitalizing the Columbus Zoo, but also educating the world about wildlife. Enjoy retirement!
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