Jack Hanna to Visit Blank Park Zoo; Zoo to Renovate Australia Adventure

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Jack Hanna to Visit Blank Park Zoo; Zoo to Renovate Australia Adventure

Aug 3, 2010

Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo announced today several additional events this fall including a visit from America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack Hanna on the evening of September 29.

“This is Jungle Jack’s first trip to Blank Park Zoo,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO. “Jack will bring some of his exotic animal friends and tell stories of his many adventures.”

Vukovich noted that Hanna’s appearance will coincide with the beginning of construction on a $1.3 million renovation of the Zoo’s Australian Adventure. The renovation will include new Australian theming and interactives, several new animal species, a new holding area for the Australian animals and a new train barn.

“Guests will be immersed into the wonders of Australia. You can take a picture next to a didgeridoo, learn how a boomerang works and see how Australia became an island, and Jack Hanna’s visit will be a great way to kick it off,” said Vukovich.

The new Australian Adventure will open in summer 2011.

Jack Hanna’s visit is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide, is based in Columbus, Ohio, and is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. Nationwide companies based in Des Moines are Allied Insurance, Nationwide Agribusiness and Nationwide Advantage Mortgage.

About Jack Hanna:

Jack Hanna is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and is the host of the television show Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. He is probably best known for his many television appearances on Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live and others. He is the author of several books. Learn more about Jack Hanna at www.jackhanna.com.

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