Jack Hanna, Former Columbus Zoo Director, Diagnosed with Dementia

Zoologist and previous Columbus Zoo chief Jack Hanna has been determined to have dementia and may have Alzheimer's, his family reported Wednesday. 

In a letter shared via web-based media, Hanna's family says that the 74-year-old's condition advanced quicker than they'd expected throughout the most recent couple of months. 

"While Dad's wellbeing has disintegrated rapidly, we can guarantee you that his incredible funny bone keeps on radiating through," the letter peruses. "What's more, yes — he actually wears his khakis at home." 

Hanna played the part of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium chief in 1978 and served for a very long time. He resigned in December subsequent to filling in as chief emeritus for over twenty years and showed up all through his profession. 

Hanna's family said he supported for improving untamed life territories and associating the local area with creatures. As indicated by a course of events on the Columbus Zoo site, when Hanna showed up in Central Ohio, the zoo's marsh gorillas had never been outside. 

"In the last part of the 70's, this was the ordinary practice, yet the Zoo staff realized these creatures merited much better," the site says. "In 1979, the benevolent help of John H. McConnell and Worthington Industries changed the gorillas' natural surroundings and it addressed a defining moment for the Zoo — the local area and different zoos paid heed!" 

As his standing as a teacher and creature to-local area connector developed, Hanna showed up in 1983 on Good Morning America. He would later head his own week by week TV shows — Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown. 

Hanna additionally began the yearly zoo lights show Wildlights at the Zoo! in 1988. In its first year, Wildlights highlighted 120,000 lights. That number has developed to more than 3,000,000 shining LED lights exhibited yearly. 

"Despite the fact that Dad is not, at this point ready to travel and work similarly, we realize that his irresistible eagerness has contacted numerous hearts and will keep on being his heritage," the letter says. 

Hanna's family requested protection in their assertion, taking note of the craving to respect COVID-19 limitations.