2966img7.gifBETHANY, W.Va. – Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, and host of  “Jack Hanna’s Annual Adventures,” will visit Bethany College on October 3, 2007, at 7 p.m. in Hummel Field House.

Hanna’s first interest in animals came at an early age. He began working for a vet at the age of eleven and continued his career from there. He attended Muskingum College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Hanna opened a pet shop soon after college until he received a job as Director of the Central Florida Zoo from 1973-1975.

Hanna began working at the Columbus Zoo in 1978 as executive director. In 1992 he became the Director of Emeritus at the Zoo and continues in that role today.

In 1993 Hanna became the host of “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures,” a nationally syndicated television series. Viewers are invited to share in the adventure every week and learn about wildlife.

Hanna is currently a professional member of the American Zoological Association, a National Spokesman for A Special Wish Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. He has also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Otterbein College, Capital University and Muskingum College.

The event is free to Bethany students, faculty and staff and $3 for the general public. All proceeds will benefit Jack Hanna’s charity, Partner’s in Conservation. PIC supports protecting conservation education programs in the United States and conservation programs and humanitarian projects in East Central Africa. Their central mission is to help preserve the suture survival of the mountain gorilla and improve the lives of people in mountain gorilla habitats.