Jack Hannah, the director of the zoo, which is famous for its TV talk show appearance with live animals, and his family said Wednesday that he suffers from senile disease.
The family said in a statement that doctors believe it was Alzheimer’s disease.
“Her condition has improved much faster than any of us expected in the last few months,” her daughters said.
“Unfortunately, Dad can no longer participate in public life where people around the world saw, learned and laughed with him,” they said.
Hannah, 74, also known as Jungle Jack, was director of the Columbus Zoo and Fisheries in Ohio, where she is the director of Emeritus.
He is best known for bringing animals to television presenters such as David Letterman and others, and to “Good Morning America” - where he first appeared in 1983 with twin baby gorillas.
He had his own TV shows, Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hannah’s Into the Wild and Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures.
Hannah, who always appeared in the Caucasus, regarded animals as ambassadors to those in the wild.
He was hired as director of the Columbus Zoo in 1978 and retired last year. The zoo is proud to have transformed “from the aging collection of pens and buildings” into what it is today. The zoo is often listed as one of the best in the United States
He said the zoo regretted the diagnosis and asked him to join the fans in sending messages of support to the family.
Her daughters, Kathleen, Susan and Julie, wrote that they believed people could see their animals, and that they were more involved in conservation efforts in the wild.
“He always said,‘ You have to touch the heart to teach the mind, ’” they wrote.
Ohio Government Mike Divine Said He, along with the government, sent greetings to the family and kept them in their prayers.
Hannah’s daughters said they were asking for privacy because of the Govt-19 epidemic, which they called paradoxical because it gave them the love to interact with their father’s people.
“As Dad’s health deteriorates quickly, we can assure you that his sense of humor continues to shine,” his daughters wrote. “Yes – he still wears his khakis at home.”