The 2012-2013 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will kickoff next week with animal expert Jack Hanna and bring with it discounts and service learning opportunities for students at the Pueblo Zoo.
The 2012-2013 series will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22 in Hoag Recital Hall with An Evening with Jack Hanna. John Bushnell “Jack” Hanna is an American zookeeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, but his media appearances have made him one of the most notable animal experts in the United States.
In association with Hanna’s appearance, the Pueblo Zoo at City Park will provide 50 percent off discounts to CSU-Pueblo students with current ID and coupon through the end of September. Located in Pueblo’s City Park and home to 140 species, the Zoo is managed by the Pueblo Zoological Society and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. More information on the zoo may be found at www.pueblozoo.org. The University has also scheduled a service learning day at the zoo, during which students can volunteer to do grounds clean up. The zoo also will participate with booths that evening and at the University’s Student Involvement Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 22. At the Hanna performance, the zoo will present information about its black rhino exhibit. During the day, zoo staff will bring animals and talk about the zoo in general and the newly formed Southern Colorado chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
As director of the zoo from 1978 to 1993, Hanna is viewed as largely responsible for elevating its quality and reputation. Over the course of Hanna’s tenure as director, the zoo made the transition from cage-like enclosures to habitat environments, and the grounds were significantly expanded. Annual attendance at the Columbus Zoo increased by more than 400 percent during this time.
Hanna published his autobiography, Monkeys on the Interstate in 1989. He has been the host of the syndicated television show “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures” since 1993. Nicknamed “Jungle Jack,” Hanna has presented live animal demonstrations on Good Morning America and both of David Letterman‘s talk show incarnations, which brought national attention to the Columbus Zoo as well as to Hanna himself. Hanna also occasionally contributes commentary as an animal expert on various local and national news programs, and has done guest spots on other shows such as Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Maury, and Hollywood Squares. He was also named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People magazine in 1996. For more information on Hanna, visit http://www.jackhanna.com.
The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realms of contemporary significance. The series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, politicians, and business people, who can inspire students and community members to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. This year’s events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, Diversity Resource Center, Hasan School of Business, College of Science and Math, and the Division of Student Affairs.