Jack Hanna

Director Emeritus


Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, became a member of the Columbus Partnership in 2012.

Founded in 1927, the Columbus Zoo first attracted national attention in 1956 with the birth of Colo – the first lowland gorilla born into human care. Hanna made Columbus home in 1978 when he accepted the opportunity of a lifetime: directorship of the Columbus Zoo. At that time, the Zoo was in desperate need of leadership and revitalization – Jack’s keen understanding of public relations and community engagement helped to transform the Zoo into the state-of-the-art attraction and conservation organization that it is today. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is currently recognized as the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide with an annual attendance of nearly 2.4 million guests.