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POWELL, Ohio (AP) — John “Jack” Hanna has announced plans to retire from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium after 42 years.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Hanna will finish the remainder of the year and retain the zoo’s director emeritus title.
Hanna says it is time to dedicate more time to family life and hiking with his wife, Suzi.
Hanna first moved to Ohio in 1965 to attend Muskingum University where he met Suzi. He started as the zoo’s director in 1978 and served until 1992 when he earned the title of director emeritus.
Hanna has written 15 books and won five Emmy’s for “Into the Wild.”