Jack Hanna Amy Parker
- Title: Jungle Jack: My Wild Life
- Author: Jack Hanna Amy Parker
- ISBN: 9781595551511
- Page: 322
- Format: Hardcover
Jungle Jack is the completely revised and updated authorized biography of one of our most beloved zookeepers, Jack Hanna When the Columbus Zoo hired Jack Hanna as executive director in 1978, he inherited an outdated zoo where all the animals were caged and the buildings were run down With the kind of work ethic and enthusiasm he s become known for, Hanna brought new liJungle Jack is the completely revised and updated authorized biography of one of our most beloved zookeepers, Jack Hanna When the Columbus Zoo hired Jack Hanna as executive director in 1978, he inherited an outdated zoo where all the animals were caged and the buildings were run down With the kind of work ethic and enthusiasm he s become known for, Hanna brought new life to the zoo, transforming it into the state of the art facility it is today It was an achievement for which he was well prepared Hanna was only eleven years old when he got his first job with animals cleaning cages for the family vet As a newlywed, he and his wife, Suzi, ran a pet shop and petting zoo, and he later worked for a wildlife adventure outfit You ve probably seen Hanna as a wildlife correspondent with his animal friends on The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Hannity Colmes Full of unpredictable animal escapades and the occasional tragedy, this book takes readers on an enjoyable safari through the life of Jungle Jack Hanna.
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I was so excited to see that Jack Hanna (one of my idols) had written another non-fiction book for adults. I discovered "Monkeys on the Interstate", his first memoir from the late 1980's, a few years ago at our local library and I loved it. Sadly, more than half the content in this book is lifted almost word for word from that first tome. Granted, the first book covered such a large portion of his life that he would have to retell some of the stories, but he brings no new light to the retold tal [...]
This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Jack Hannas autobiography shares beautiful, hilarious, and realistic insight into the world of zoos, conservation, the animals, and how he got there. The whole book is filled with highlighted lines that I loved and gave me a glimpse into my future in the zoo world. Not only does Hanna care deeply about the animals, he cares about making others care just as much for them.
Somehow I led a sheltered life. A friend asked me to go with her to hear Jack Hanna speak and I agreed, wanting to keep her company, but never having heard of the man. I got the book because it was autographed. Wow! His talk was amazingly informative and amusing at the same time. I watched a couple of his programs on television and enjoyed them, too.This book sounds like him -- I could hear his voice in my head. However, what moves it into the five-star realm for books is the man's passion which [...]
I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Hannah at an Earth Festival & have been a fan of his for many years. I love his passion for animals & his sense of humor which is also evident in this book. I love his honesty about mistakes & things he experienced on his life's journey. As a volunteer at the zoo, it was interesting to hear the stories about the Columbus Zoo (some things good & bad I will never get out of my head)! I would give the book 5 stars, but for some reason it took me lo [...]
As a Columbus native and Jungle Jack's Zoo Kids alumnus, I've always had a special admiration for America's favorite zookeeper. Jack Hannah's autobiography not only reaffirmed my adoration for this local hero but also serves as a beautiful portrait of the American Dream. This man's journey from a simple Tennessee boy who wanted to take his donkey to college to becoming one of the most renowned and respected names in the world of conservation and animal awareness will inspire anyone. His success, [...]
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have always admired Jack Hanna's energetic dedication to improving the Columbus Zoo, and I have enjoyed watching him on television. However, until I read this book for one of my book groups, I had no idea how "wild" his life has been. His book is filled with fascinating stories about adopting animals, rescuing animals, caring for animals, transporting animals, and observing animals in their natural habitats around the world. Many are funny, some are fri [...]
We got to see him when he was at Columbus Zoo and he autographed our copy of the book. I love the story about how he wanted his wife to breast feed a sick chimp. He tells some very funny stories about his life and especially after he came to Columbus. I am very glad he came to this zoo, it is an awesome zoo and he has done such a great job. My middle girl loves him so much she dressed up as him for her Halloween party at school. She even took some "animals" with her. I would laugh out loud at so [...]
Jungle Jack By Jack HannaAutobiography 243 pagesJungle Jack is a collection of stories about helping animals and people. It was funny and i learned SO much from it. Jack Hanna is truly a caring person whom devotes a lot of his time animals and helping others. He has quite a sense of humor and I think anyone who enjoys animals would LOVE this book.I gave this book 4 stars because I learned so much about Jack Hanna and how tough it is to run a zoo. This was also funny. There were a few dry parts b [...]
I was so happy with everything about this book. It was refreshing [and oddly comforting] to listen to the intelligent and capable side of a man that has spent his career being goofy and fun. A career like his couldn't have been built without passion and a lot of luck, and all of that comes through in this book. I read it in a day during a long drive to the beach and have come back to it time and time again as my love for zoology has grown.
You either like this kind of book or you don't. That's why they keep books like these in a seperate room on a special shelf. It's not literature by any stretch.But, I love this guy. And I secretly wish I had his life (not so secret anymore). His daughter Julie was in my class in school and they brought baby tiger cubs in to help destress us during finals. Love them! Great family. Fast read. Read it cover to cover one rainy day.
I absolutely loved this book. It doesn't hurt that I live in Columbus, Ohio, so I am quite familiar with the area and the Columbus Zoo. But I had no idea that they had giant pandas here just 2 years before I first came to Ohio. Anyway, lots of interesting stories, but Jack also shares openly some very personal stories.
This is less an autobiography and more a recap of various wild life adventures that Jack Hanna has had throughout his life. He explains some of his early years and first jobs in Knoxville, Tn and in Florida before he became the director of the zoo at Columbus,Ohio. He also reviews his work in Rwanda and the various television shows he has been involved in.
As a long time Columbus zoo member I found the stories and history of the zoo to be very interesting. I have had the opportunity to meet Jack Hanna and watch one of his shows. He was very kind to all of the children and stayed until they all received an autograph. I was very impressed with him and decided to read his book.
the first half of this book was from his previous book "Monkeys on the interstate", the second half was new information. I really enjoyed seeing what Jack has done the past few decades He may not be much of a info guy, but he knows how to get money for the zoos and knows how to get money for conservation!!
Very good bookI am from Columbus, and I feel that Jack Hanna has brought the Columbus Zoo and Columbus, in general. This book is a testimony of the dedication that he has to our zoo.
This is a joy to read not only as an animal lover, but for one who loves funny stories. My pleasure was greatly increased because of actually meeting Jack Hanna and being able to visit the animals and trainers backstage before a live show.
Jack Hanna is my hero, first and foremost. Reading this autobiography of him is written so well that I could hear him saying it directly to me. His wittiness and humor go through out the book and his life is so captivating with all his animals stories. LOVE!
Anyone who enjoys wild animals and zoo life will enjoy this read. Documenting many interesting animal stories and family stories also.
Full of fun and funny experiences; but also shows what on e good-hearted man can do.
I have always loved Jungle Jack. this was an interesting aoutobiography.
very funny, very jack, excellent1
Great book. He really went in detail about his trials and tribulations. Had some spelling errors that annoyed me.
Enjoyable book about Jack Hanna and his adventures with animals both in the wild and in zoos. Starts from the beginning of his career.
The book is very interesting and tells of Jack's rise to the best zoo man there is
Jack Hanna's life story. An incredibly interesting, non-stop, adventure. It is a must read for any fan or animal lover.
Believe it or not, had to read this one for my job.
Best autobiography I've ever read. No joke! Jack Hanna is my new celebrity boyfriend (sorry Clive Owen.)
I was at a local garage sale, when I came upon this book. It was in great condition, almost new, in fact, and was priced at a bargain of 50¢. Normally, I wouldn't have bought a book like this. Though I find autobiographies/biographies interesting, it really depends on who it's about and how I'm feeling on the day. I put it back in the pile before coming back five minutes later and purchasing it.I'm actually a ZooAide (teen volunteer) at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and I've been volunteering [...]
Jack Hanna's enthusiasm for animals and their well-being shines on every page of this enjoyable autobiography. Even as a young boy, Jack was devoted to his pets, and he always wanted to learn everything about wildlife of any kind. As he grew up, his passion led him to becoming the director of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. He also became a world-wide spokesman for animal conservation, as well as a TV celebrity and author. With problems as well as successes recounted, this book shows a man determined [...]
I knew who Jack Hanna was, but this book really tells the background to his life and how he ended up doing what he does. He has had many incredible experiences with animals. There are some really funny stories of things that happened when he was head of the Columbus Zoo. All in all, a great insight into a great advocate for animals and a great man.
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