Celebrated zookeeper Jack Hanna will recount his adventures in the wild while displaying a menagerie of live animal friends in two special shows on Wed., May 7 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The animal adventures will begin at 2 & 7:30 p.m. in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater. Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members).
The animal “guests” for Hanna’s upcoming visit haven’t been announced. Last year’s collection included Fennec fox kits, a 15-foot python, a Siberian lynx, a lemur, a lesser anteater, a penguin, a beaver, a young wallaby, a six-week-old black bear, and many others.
Hanna is one of America’s most beloved naturalists and adventurers. The director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo hosts two weekly TV shows and is a frequent guest on “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and other popular programs.
His route to becoming a national celebrity began in Knoxville, Tenn., where he raised bluegills in the family bathtub and then extended his menagerie to their backyard. After majoring in business in college, Hanna worked for a wildlife adventure company and then directed a small Florida zoo before moving to Columbus (1978-1992), where his improvements to exhibits and educational programs helped to transform the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium into a state-of-the-art park.
Now, in addition to public and television-guest appearances, Hanna takes millions of viewers on exciting journeys each week to learn about animals in his syndicated shows, “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown.”
Sell-outs of his Maritime Aquarium shows are expected. Reserve your tickets in advance online at www.maritimeaquarium.org or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.