Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna
Real Name/Full Name Jack Bushnell Hanna
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Jack Hanna
Jungle Jack
Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 2 January 1947
Age/How Old: 77 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 185 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 0″
Weight: In Kilograms – 80 Kg
In Pounds – 176 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: White
Parents Name: Father – Joan Hanna
Mother – Natile Hanna
Siblings: Bush Hanna (brother)
Sue Hanna (sister)
School: The Kiski School, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
College: Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio
Religion: Unknown
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Suzi Egli  (m. 1968)
Kids/Children Name: Kathaleen Hanna
Suzanne Hanna
Julie Hanna
Profession: American zookeeper and a director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Net Worth: $6 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Jungle Jack or Jack Hanna is an American zookeeper (now retired) and a former emeritus director of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He has done some media appearances, which made him popular. Some of them were with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, James Corden, Maury Povich, and Good Morning America.

Well, how well do you know about Jack Hanna? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Jack Hanna’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Jack Hanna to date.

Biography and Early Life

Jack Hanna was born on the day of 2nd January, in 1947, in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the United States. There is no information about his mother, and he prefers to keep it private. His father was Dr. Robert and was a family veterinarian. He helped his father at his work and on his farm since he was 11 years old.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Jack Hanna in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Jack Hanna’s age is 77 years old as of today’s date 23rd April 2024 having been born on 2 January 1947. Though, he is 6′ 0″ in feet and inches and 185cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 176 lbs in Pound and 80kg in Kilograms.


He did schooling at The Kiski School. It was an all-boys boarding school located in Saltsburg in Pennsylvania.

Later on, he majored in Business and Political Science from the Muskingum College located in New Concord, Ohio. Once, he raised a duck in his dorm room and a donkey behind the fraternity house, which had got him into trouble.

He also met Suzi Egli, his wife, at this college. He married her during his senior year.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Jack Hanna With Wife Suzi Egli
Jack Hanna With Wife Suzi Egli

He married Suzi Egli in the year 1968. During this time, he was still completing his senior year in his college. The couple together has three daughters named Kathleen Hanna, Suzanne Hanna, and Julie Hanna. Currently, he has six grandchildren from 2 of his daughters.

His youngest daughter, Julie, had leukemia, and for her treatment, he had accepted the job offer he had gotten from Columbus Zoo. His daughter recovered from it by the age of 6.

In April 2021, Jack’s family announced that he currently has dementia and thereby will make no further public or media appearances. However, his daughters also mentioned that he is towards his recovery much faster than expected.

Is Jack Hanna Gay?

He is married to Suzi Egli for the last 53 years, and their marriage is nothing less than a fairy tale. It can be rightfully said that he is not a gay man.

Professional Career

Jack and his wife Suzi opened a petting zoo. But in the year 1972, one of the visitors of the met with an accident and lost his arm. Therefore the zoo was closed down. So from the year 1973 to 1975, he found himself a job as a director of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

In 1978, his daughter Julie was suffering from leukemia and had to be treated immediately, which made him accept the job at the Columbus Zoo. His daughter was treated at the Columbus Children’s Hospital, located in the same city as Columbus Zoo.

Hanna showed a live telecast of the zoo’s animals on Good Morning America and David Letterman’s talk show. This bought both Columbus Zoo and Jack a lot of media attention and fame. As a director of the zoo, Hanna made a lot of improvements in the zoo’s infrastructure and the animals’ well-being. In 1992, he was made the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Hanna published his autobiography in the year 1989. It is called Monkeys on the Interstate. He was also an author of several children’s books. Many of his television shows were produced by Litton Entertainment. He has hosted three television shows called Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

In 2003, he made a guest appearance on the show Blue’s Clues in the episode, “Animals in Our House?” He had done a collaboration with Neal McCoy on the song “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” along with a hyacinth macaw, a sloth, and a Burmese python in 2005. He also released an album called Jack Hanna’s World. It was a collaboration of Jack with Mark Frye.


Jack Hanna was awarded honorary doctorates from 4 different well-known universities, Muskingum University, Otterbein University, Capital University, and Ohio University.

He was honored with the Tom Mankiewicz award at the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual Beastly Ball for his work and contribution to conservation.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Jack Hanna in 2024

Jack Hanna Net Worth
Jack Hanna Net Worth

His earnings were mostly from his work at the zoos, but he also released several books, was a well[-known author and has done several guest appearances, and has conducted Television shows.

His net worth as of 2024 is $6 million.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Betty White, an animal activist, is one of his closest friends.
  • He was on the list of “50 Most Beautiful People” by People Magazine in the year 1996.

Jack Hanna is one of the most well-known zookeepers across the globe. He has done a lot for the animals, especially for their safety and well-being. Since his childhood, he had been taking care of animals, and it was just fair for him that he gave his attention towards becoming a zookeeper.


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