|Wild & Wooly: Jack Hanna coming to Civic Center|
|From Staff Reports|
Dec. 8, 2006 - Expect things to turn wild and wooly — literally — at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center in January.
That’s when famed wildlife conservationist “Jungle” Jack Hanna brings his family-friendly wildlife show to the Civic Center arena.
�We are bringing him in January, and it�s going to be a program for local schools,� said Civic Center Manager Dottie Ford.
As many as 4,000 students from the area may get the chance to see Hanna, who gained fame with countless fascinating and funny appearances with his favorite animal friends on television.
�This will be an opportunity that these kids might not ever get again,� Ford said.
Hanna began hosting the nationally syndicated “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” television program in 1993, but became a hit with TV audiences after numerous appearances in the 1980s on “Good Morning America” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Later, he would become a regular on such programs as “Larry King Live,” “Hollywood Squares,” “The Maury Povich Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Hannity & Colmes,” and as a wildlife correspondent for various news programs.
He started out in 1958 cleaning cages for the family veterinarian at the age of 11 in Knoxville, Tenn. He was executive director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio from 1978 to 1992, transforming the outdated habitats into a state-of-the-art facility and increasing attendance astronomically. During his tenure, daily attendance at the zoo quadrupled.
According to booking agent Mills Entertainment, “Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Audiences give Jack rave reviews — everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired.”
The shows are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Civic Center arena. Tickets will be $3 for children and $5 for adults and must be bought in advance, either at local schools or the Civic Center box office.