Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna diagnosed with dementia, family says

FILE - Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a serval cub in New York on Oct. 12, 2015. The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he's been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life. Photo: Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, file. FILE - Wildlife advocate Jack Hanna poses for a portrait with a serval cub in New York on Oct. 12, 2015. The family of celebrity zookeeper and TV show host Jack Hanna said he's been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.

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Updated: April 07, 2021 01:54 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 12:42 PM

Animal advocate Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia, his family said in a statement shared on social media, Wednesday.

The statement said Hanna's dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer's disease, has progressed quickly over the past few months to the point where he's no longer able to participate in such a public life.

"While Dad's health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through. And yes - he still wears his khakis at home," Hanna's family said.

A former zookeeper who once was the director of the Columbus Zoo, Hanna, 74, has engaged with millions through television programs such as "Animal Adventures," "Into the Wild" and "Wild Countdown."


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