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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Writer's Heart

“You can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – James Beverly

Writing about animals takes a special talent, and Jack Hanna, born this day in 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.

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, Hanna is not only an expert on the animal kingdom but also in doing public relations and writing on behalf of it.  Hanna's live animal demonstrations on major television talk and news shows have brought and continue to bring attention to his beloved zoo. 

The author of several books and many articles in every type of publication 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.

“The world is the true classroom,” Hanna said.  “The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience; seeing something with our own eyes.”

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