The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating 40 years of Jack Hanna at a special, weekend-long event.
On September 8 and 9, the zoo will be offering special events and free activities for visitors to honor the four decades of service Jungle Jack has spent at working for the zoo.
From being hired as the Zoo Director in 1978 to starring in his Emmy award-winning television shows to working as the Director Emeritus, Jack Hanna’s contributions to conservation and protecting wildlife cannot be overstated.
The “Hanna-versary” event will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all activities are included with a regular admission ticket. Here’s a full rundown from the Columbus Zoo on all of the awesome things you can do during the celebration:
Jack Hanna Live on Stage!/Meet and Greets: Jungle Jack Hanna takes the stage with all of his animal friends at the Surfin’ Safari stage on Saturday, Sept. 8 and at the Water’s Edge Events Park on Sunday, Sept. 9. During his shows, Jack will share stories about his exciting travels and animal adventures. Shows will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, and Jack will also be available to meet guests after the 11 a.m. show both days.
Jungle Jack’s Activities: Participate in fun Jack-themed activities and games all over the Zoo, including the #caughtinkhaki Photo Station, Jack Hanna’s Critter Corn Hole, Jungle Jack-O-Lantern and Jack Hanna’s Game of Chance.
African Marketplace: Shop at the Water’s Edge Events Park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 for hand-crafted artisan items. Purchases support the Columbus Zoo’s Partners In Conservation, which provides alternative economic opportunities for local people in Central Africa to conserve forests and wildlife.
Buzzard Kings: Pulling inspiration from the great heartland music of Kansas City, the tradition of Memphis and the charm of Nashville, these four veteran rockers will take the stage for shows at the Zoo’s Conservation Lake Overlook at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. both days.
Hanna-versary Character Meet and Greet and Rolling Celebration, presented by Donatos: The Zoo’s Character Ambassadors will don their khaki and strut their stuff around the Zoo for Meet and Greets and special Rolling Celebrations to celebrate Jungle Jack. Meet and Greets will take place each day at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Character Ambassador Rolling Celebrations will take place both days at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Special Hanna-versary animal enrichment: The fun doesn’t stop with Zoo guests! Animal care staff will provide the animals at select habitats with special Jack-themed enrichment for the animals to enjoy.”
Like everything in Ohio, all the activities are weather permitting and could change if things get dicey. For more information about Jack Hanna Weekend, please visit ColumbusZoo.org.