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Jack Hanna & animal friends come to the Maritime Aquarium

By Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

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Celebrated zookeeper Jack Hanna will bring some special animal friends – like perhaps this koala bear – during appearances at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Wed., May 7. Show times are 2 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members). Reserve your tickets at or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. (contributed photo)
NORWALK, CT – Celebrated zookeeper Jack Hanna will recount his adventures in the wild while displaying a menagerie of live animal friends in two special shows on Wed., May 7 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The animal adventures will begin at 2 & 7:30 p.m. in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater. Tickets are $50 ($45 for Aquarium members).

“Jack was a highlight of our speaker series last year, drawing two sold-out audiences,” said Jennifer Herring, president of The Maritime Aquarium. “While we enjoyed his presentations immensely, we were equally charmed and impressed by how he graciously greeted everyone from the audiences afterward, especially young kids. Those personal connections can be so inspirational as he – and The Maritime Aquarium – seeks to recruit new stewards of the environment. We look forward to welcoming back Jack, as well as the amazing animals he’ll be sharing with us.”

The animal “guests” for Hanna’s upcoming visit haven’t been announced. Last year’s collection included Fennec fox kits, a 15-foot python, a Siberian lynx, a lemur, a lesser anteater, a penguin, a beaver, a young wallaby, a six-week-old black bear, and many others.

Hanna is one of America's most beloved naturalists and adventurers. The director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo hosts two weekly TV?shows and is a frequent guest on “Good Morning America,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and other popular programs.

For his enthusiasm and wonderment with every new creature and experience he encounters, it’s no wonder he’s been called “every person’s TV zoologist.”

His route to becoming a national celebrity began in Knoxville, Tenn., where he raised bluegills in the family bathtub and then extended his menagerie to their backyard. After majoring in business in college, Hanna worked for a wildlife adventure company and then directed a small Florida zoo before moving to Columbus (1978-1992), where his improvements to exhibits and educational programs helped to transform the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium into a state-of-the-art park.

Now, in addition to public and television-guest appearances, Hanna takes millions of viewers on exciting journeys each week to learn about animals in his syndicated shows, “Into the Wild”?and “Wild Countdown.”

Sell-outs of his Maritime Aquarium shows are expected. Reserve your tickets in advance online at or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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