Who is Jack Hanna’s wife and daughter Julie Hanna? Columbus Zoo director has been diagnosed with dementia.
The American zookeeper has been diagnosed with dementia, Jack’s daughters revealed in a joint statement on Twitter.
Jack Hanna was a director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992 and is known for his appearances in several programmes as a wildlife correspondent.
Let’s find more about his family, including Jack’s wife Suzi Hanna and their daughters.
Who is Jack Hanna’s wife?
Jack Hanna’s wife is called Suzi Hanna.
Suzi and Jack both attended Muskingum University in Ohio where they met. She hails from New Jersey and married Jack in 1968.
When Jack became a director of Columbus Zoo, Suzi would regularly take their children to the zoo, while Jack was working seven days a week.
In an interview with Columbus Monthly, she said:
“We would all go to church, then get Kentucky Fried Chicken, go to the zoo, and have our picnic. Then we’d all get in the golf cart while Jack would check things at the zoo, say hi to people.”
In his memoir, ‘Jungle Jack: My Wild Life’, Jack recalled meeting his wife, saying that she was “the girl of my life.”
Jack Hanna’s daughters – Julie, Kathaleen and Suzanne
Jack and Suzi have three daughters together – Kathaleen, Julie and Suzanne.
Kathaleen lives with her husband and their two children, Gabriella and Jack, in England.
Suzanne is married to her husband Billy and they live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The couple have four children, called Brittany, Blake, Alison and Caroline.
Meanwhile, Julie is Jack and Suzi’s youngest daughter. She works as an animal educator at the animal programs department at the Columbus Zoo.
Jack Hanna’s family statement
In a lengthy letter on Twitter, Jack’s daughters shared that their father has been diagnosed with dementia and would no “longer [be] able to participate in public life as he used to”.
They wrote in their joint statement: “Today we reach out to share some personal Hanna Family news. Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease. His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated.
“Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him.”