Writing about animals takes a special talent, and Hanna, born Jan. 2, 1947, not only has the talent but also the expertise in the wild animal kingdom to have made himself into one of the world’s leaders in this field.
For the past few years, he has been Director Emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo, a facility he literally raised from a rundown, second-rate operation into one of the best in the U.S., if not the world. He retired in December after 42 years there. Hanna remains not only a leading expert on the animal kingdom but also a leader in public relations and writing on behalf of it.
The author of several books and many articles in every type of publication, he has come a long way from his college days in Ohio when he was a fledgling journalist on the college newspaper staff and nearly got himself expelled for keeping wild ducks in his dorm room and then a donkey in his fraternity house shed.
Jack Hanna & friend
Children’s book author James Beverly once said “You can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”