The March 22 Distinguished Lecture Series presentation at Lamar State College-Port Arthur will feature Jack Hanna, one of America's most beloved naturalists and adventurers.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Carl Parker Center, 1800 Lakeshore Drive on the Lamar State campus.
Jack Hanna is best known as the host of the hit television series Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. Decades of television viewers also know him as a regular guest on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Maury Povich Show.
Hanna grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and always had an interest in animals.
After majoring in business in college, Hanna and his wife, Suzi, started a pet shop and a petting zoo. He also worked for a wildlife adventure company and directed a small Florida zoo.
Hanna started getting national attention after he moved in 1978 to Columbus, Ohio, to be the director of the rundown Columbus Zoo, which he transformed into a model facility.
Hanna’s 1989 biography, Monkeys on the Interstate, became a best-seller. He followed it with other books, such as Let’s Go to the Petting Zoo with Jungle Jack, What Do Zoo-Keepers Do and Jungle Jack Hanna’s Safari Adventure.
The natural progression for someone with Hanna’s knowledge of animals and the wild, along with his media popularity, was to have his own show, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, which now reaches 95 percent of U.S. television households every weekend.