Jack Hanna "comes home"

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Director Emeritus of the Columbus Ohio Zoo is a Knoxville native.

Jack Hanna was born in Knoxville, and told folks at UT Monday night he was born in Fort Sanders Hospital.

Hanna also brought his passion for animals to the UT campus. From penguins to snakes, even a sloth.

Hanna told us, "I started my career in Knoxville at the Knoxville Animal Clinic cleaning cages then went to the Knoxville Zoo, when I was 16, and said I wanted to be a zoo keeper, never wavered from that
dream. The Knoxville Zoo and the schools here gave me an opportunity to live a dream."

Jack also talked about his love of the mountains and the many hikes to Mount LeConte over the years.


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  • by ANON Location: Knoxville on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Jack would be "appalled" if he knew the insider information on how the Knoxville Zoo was so severely mismanaged.
  • by Lisa Location: Knoxville on Feb 28, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    In his talk last night at UT, Jungle Jack Hanna gave Knoxville Animal Clinic, 5312 Homberg Drive, Bearden a shoutout when he said that's where he began his animal career at age 11, cleaning out cages. My husband Dr. Steve Skinner and Dr. Tinsely Youmans own the clnic these days, and Knoxville Animal Clinic is now located in a modern two-story building, but the staff's passion for animals and their medical care remains high. In fact, clinic staff went to Jack's Facebook page last night and invited him to "see the clinic now"!!

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