Animal Expert Jack Hanna Steps Back from Public Life Due to Dementia

Beloved wildlife expert and animal advocate Jack Hanna is suffering from dementia.

His family made the announcement today saying in part:

“While Dad’s health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through. And yes, he still wears his khakis at home.”

Hanna’s condition had reportedly progressed quickly over the last few months.

Hanna was famous for bringing animals to late night television talk-shows as well as his own shows, "Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures", "Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild" and "Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures".

He eventually was hired as the director of the Columbus Zoo in 1978 and retired last year, but remains director emeritus.

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