Zoo Celebrates Jungle Jack's 'Hanna-versary'
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will pull out all the stops to mark the man in tan’s 40th year at the venue.
Jack Hanna Weekend, which takes place Sept. 8-9, will include special shows, free activities and a chance to meet the director emeritus.
Hanna will appear twice daily (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) to talk about his travels and will greet guests after the early shows. Fans also can participate in a #caughtinkhaki photo station as well as Jack Hanna’s Critter Corn Hole, Jungle Jack-O-Lantern and Jack Hanna’s Game of Chance. All activities will be held weather-permitting.
Other planned events (on tap both days, unless otherwise noted) include:
- The sale of handcrafted items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the African Marketplace, to support the Partners In Conservation program.
- Performances by local band the Buzzard Kings at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Conservation Lake Overlook.
- Appearances by the zoo’s Character Ambassadors at meet and greets (9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and rolling celebrations (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.).
- Special Jack-themed enrichment at some of the animal habitats—including polar bears, gorillas and penguins—between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
For more information, go to columbuszoo.org.