Jack Hanna
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"John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna" is an United States/American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was Director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, and is viewed as largely responsible for elevating its quality and reputation. His media appearances, particularly with David Letterman, have made him one of the most notable animal experts in the United States. Hanna, nicknamed "Jungle Jack", is known for his khaki safari outfit, deep tan, and Southern accent.

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The L.A. Zoo is a respected institution, the general manager is highly thought of, the L.A. Zoo is one of the top zoos in the world.

The buck has to stop here - from what I've seen, the new elephant exhibit is phenomenal.

They knew people so well. They communicated so well. They understood politics, especially patronage politics.

They were an unbeatable duo.

Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.

The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.

We can't forget Pearl Harbor, but I'm afraid that we might. At one time we had some young people from some of the schools helping us out with the ceremony, and they didn't even know what Pearl Harbor was. That's so sad.

I must say that in the last 20 years, I don't know of one zoo visitor that has been killed or maimed that bad by an animal in the zoo. Obviously, as zookeepers, our job tends to be dangerous at times.