Zookeeper Jack Hanna visits Penn State Altoona, hopes to educate about animals

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It’s been eight years since America’s most popular zookeeper, Jack Hanna, has been to Penn State Altoona with animals. 

He said it’s important to bring animals to the region for children to see because it may be a way to saving the animals.

“I want to show them what more than likely will be, I mean these people here tonight might never be able to see them. That’s one main thing I do. ‘Touch the heart to teach the mind’ is my slogan. Ya know, unless you see something and love something, why are you going to save something?” Hanna said.

Jungle Jack Hanna travels all over the world to help and learn about animals. He says educating people is the best way to save animals like the cheetah, which is the most endangered cat in the world.

“You cannot go into some village and say, ‘what’s your conservation practices?’ They don’t know what you’re talking about. So, you set there and talk to them about why they should save that bird, or that turtle, or whatever that animal might be,” Hanna said.

Hanna is Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It supports 62 projects around the world that helps people and animals

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