Robert: Jack Hanna retires from public life following Alzheimer’s diagnosis

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Animal expert Jack Hanna is stepping away from the limelight after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Hanna’s family announced the news via social media.

“Today, we reach out to share some personal Hanna Family news,” the emotional post reads. “Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease.”

It continues, “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.”

Hanna, 74, is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s and is known for his numerous TV and talk show appearances discussing wildlife. Hanna also gained recognition for his educational efforts, hosting the popular Saturday morning children’s TV program Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures from 1993 to 2008.

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