Jack Hanna Stepping Away from Public Eye Due to Dementia

Beloved Animal Expert’s Health Has Quickly Deterioriated

Animal and wildlife expert, Jack Hanna, is retiring from public life due to dementia, his family announced Wednesday.

“Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease,” Hanna’s family wrote in a statement posted to his verified Twitter account.

“His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated,” the statement read. “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.”

The 76-year-old reportedly retired from serving as director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in December 2020 after 42 years.

Hanna and his animals were a staple on late-night and daytime TV.