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Jack Hanna

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Birth Name: John Bushnell Hanna

Birth Place: Knoxville, TN

Birthday: January 2, 1947, Capricorn

Profession: Animal expert

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Fast Facts

  • Was raised on his father's farm, and volunteered to assist a local veterinarian starting at the age of 11.
  • Majored in political science and business in college.
  • Got in trouble in college for keeping ducks in his dorm room. Also tried to smuggle a donkey onto campus. 
  • Began hosting a television show in 1981 called Hanna's Ark.
  • Published his autobiography, Monkeys on the Interstate, in 1989.
  • Was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996.
  • Has been granted honorary doctorates from Muskingum College, Otterbein College and Capital University.


  • Suzanne — Daughter
  • Julie Hanna — Daughter
  • Suzi Hanna — Wife
  • Kathaleen Hanna — Daughter


  • Muskingum College, New Concord, OH (1969)