“His condition has progressed much faster in recent months than we all could have imagined,” the statement read. “Sadly, dads can no longer participate in public life as it used to be where people all over the world watch, learn and laugh alongside him.”
“Jungle,” Jack, Hanna and his beast became a staple on the late night and daytime TV show with numerous appearances on shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”;, “Late Night with David Letterman and “Today”
Those appearances made Hanna perform his own shows such as “Animal Adventures,” “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown”.
“The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been a huge part of our lives since we moved to Central Ohio as a young girl in 1978,” his daughter wrote in their statement. Improving wildlife habitats and a focus on connecting communities with animals, after his staunch retiring as executive director in 1992, he remained a spokesperson for the zoo. Until retirement in the last year
The statement was a tribute to his wife, Susie, who He has been “by his side for 53 years in every corner of the world” and Hanna loves the community at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
“As Dad’s health deteriorates rapidly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine, and yes – he still wears kaki at home,” the statement read. The limitations of COVID-19, we ask for privacy, which is ironic that Dad loves interacting with people.We are grateful that the many hearts he touched over the years were with him during this trip. Gives us strength “