The household of “Jungle Jack” Hanna, 74, has introduced his retirement after a prognosis of dementia.
In a letter shared by Hanna’s household on Wednesday over social media, they confirmed that the beloved tv persona and zookeeper had formally resigned his publish as director emeritus of Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in December, the place he had labored for 42 years.
Daughters Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie Hanna revealed his current prognosis of dementia, which the household now believes has progressed quickly into Alzheimer’s illness.
“Sadly, Dad is not capable of take part in public life as he used to, the place individuals all around the world watched, discovered and laughed alongside him,” his daughters wrote.
“A ardour for wildlife conservation and schooling has been at the core of who our dad is and every little thing he has completed with the assistance of so many,” they eulogized. “He has spent his life connecting individuals and wildlife as a result of he has at all times believed that having individuals see and expertise animals is key to participating them in additional impactful conservation efforts.”
“He’s at all times mentioned, ‘You must contact the center to show the thoughts,’” they added.
Their letter went on to explain Hanna’s influence at the Columbus Zoo, the place he initially “advocated for improved wildlife habitats” upon assuming the position of director in 1978. The Hannas mirrored on their father’s lasting impression on house audiences, who tuned in to observe the zoologist’s hilarious animal antics in media appearances and quite a lot of authentic packages, together with “Animal Adventures,” “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown.”
“Whereas Dad’s well being has deteriorated rapidly, we will guarantee you that his nice humorousness continues to shine by means of. And sure — he nonetheless wears his khakis at house,” they teased.