Local legend Jack Hanna has announced his resignation from The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Jack Hanna has been an integral part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium since 1978, serving as both director and director emeritus over the years. Although his retirement may come as a shock to the public, Hanna knew that now was the right time to take a step back.
“As I approach my mid-70s with more than four decades at the Columbus Zoo, I believe it is time to wind down and officially step back while CEO Tom Stalf and the Zoo’s great leadership team continue to guide the Zoo into the future. Together with many friends and partners, we’ve come a long way to make the world a better place for people and wildlife,” said Jack.
His last day at the zoo will be December 31.
Some of Jack Hanna’s most iconic moments didn’t happen here at the zoo, but rather out on late-night television for the whole world to see. We thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of his wildest late-night appearances throughout his decades-long career in animal conservation.
Jack Hanna on The Late Show with David Letterman (1988)
Jack Hanna on The Late Show with David Letterman (1995)