Jack Hanna | Tennessee Vacation

Jack Hanna

Knoxville Zoo
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 637-5331

Jack Hanna had dreams growing up, and he made them come true. "I had two dreams when I was a little boy being raised right outside Knoxville," says Jack. "I dreamed about being a zookeeper some day, and I dreamed of being like Marlin Perkins. It's hard for me to believe I've been able to travel every continent in the world. I've lived two dreams. Not many people can say that. It all started in Knoxville, Tennessee."

Jack Hanna is director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, a world-renowned naturalist and animal expert, and an educator and entertainer whose face, personable demeanor, unpretentious style and gentle southern accent have become familiar to people far and wide from his numerous public appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "Good Morning America," his two television series for children, and a multitude of other shows and venues.

Jack played a role in the early development of the Knoxville Zoo. He helped form the Appalachian Zoological Society as a support organization for the zoo.

Jack keeps in touch with the zoo, and recently contributed to the foreword for the book on the Knoxville Zoo for the "Images of America" series. "I'm also very proud of my small participation with the early days of the Knoxville Zoo," says Jack.

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