Jack Hanna Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Jack Hanna Net Worth 

Jack Hanna has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million. Former director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Jack Bushnell Hanna is a retired American zookeeper. “Jungle Jack” served as the zoo’s director from 1978 to 1992 and is viewed as one of the major contributors to the improvement of the zoo’s reputation and quality. He earns most of his income from TV shows and book royalties. 

He has been featured on Johnny Carson, David Letterman, James Corden, Good Morning America, and Maury Povich, making him one of the most recognizable animal experts in the United States.

To calculate the net worth of Jack Hanna, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Jack Hanna
Net Worth: $2.5 Million
Monthly Salary: $30 Thousand
Annual Income: $500 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Television producer, Zookeeper, Presenter

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Early Life

Jack Hanna was born on January 2, 1947, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He grew up on his father’s farm near Knoxville and got his first job as an 11-year-old when he began working for Dr. Roberts, the family veterinarian. 

When he wanted to attend high school, he chose the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1965. 

He then began his studies at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, graduating with a BA degree. It was there that he met his wife Suzi Egli, whom he married in 1968 and with whom he has children Kathaleen, Suzanne, and Julie. 

Shortly after their marriage, they opened a pet store, Pet Kingdom, in Knoxville. In 1973, they moved to Sanford, Florida, to manage the Central Florida Zoo. They did so until 1975 when he took a break due to a serious illness in the family. In 1978, he applied for and got the job of executive director at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio.


Between 1981 and 1983, Hanna hosted Hanna’s Ark on the local CBS television station WBNS. In 1983, Hanna was invited to appear on the television program Good Morning America in New York, which followed the birth of gorilla twins at the Columbus Zoo. Two years later, in 1985, he was invited to appear on Late Night with David Letterman.

The visit was a success for Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo, who is invited to appear on Late Show with David Letterman several times a year. On Jan. 17, 2011, he made his 80th appearance overall on Letterman’s talk show, with 54 appearances on the Late Show and 26 on Late Night, according to the Late Show newsletter. He has also been a frequent guest on Larry King Live since 1988.

In 1989, Hanna published his autobiography, Monkeys on the Interstate. He has also written many books for children. His television shows include Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, all distributed and produced by Litton Entertainment. 

Hanna has made appearances on Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Maury, and The Hollywood Squares as an animal expert. She has also contributed commentary to various local and national news programs as an animal expert. 

On September 25, 2003, Jack appeared as a guest on an episode of Blue’s Clues (season 5, episode 35, “Animals in Our House?”). In 1996, People Magazine named him one of the “50 Most Beautiful People.”

Hanna was featured in Neal McCoy’s 2005 music video for “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On” alongside a hyacinth macaw, a sloth, and an albino Burmese python. In 1996, Hanna released an album with Emmy Award-winning musician Mark Frye called Jack Hanna’s World.

Muskingum University, Otterbein University, Capital University, and Ohio University have awarded him honorary doctorates.

Hanna assisted Ohio police in the search for several escaped exotic animals near Zanesville, Ohio on October 19, 2011. Hanna assisted police in locating the animals, which included lions, leopards, wolves, primates, bears, and 18 tigers.

At the Los Angeles Zoo’s annual Beastly Ball in May 2018, Hanna received the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award for his efforts in animal welfare.

The Columbus Zoo announced in June 2020 that Hanna will retire at the end of the year.

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Was Jack Hanna Involved in Animal Trading?

In August 2021, filmmakers of a documentary entitled The Conservation Game alleged that the Columbus Zoo and Hanna, its former director, had provided false information about where some animals had been acquired from or where they had been taken and that the Columbus Zoo had worked with unscrupulous private entities that may not have provided adequate animal care in some cases.

As a result, zoo officials severed ties with most of the unaccredited private facilities mentioned in the documentary. Suzi Rapp, a former employee of the zoo, defended one of the private facilities, saying that the facility’s lack of accreditation did not necessarily indicate a lack of quality.

Hannah’s family issued a statement saying they had not seen the documentary, could not speak for him, and could not question him about the matter because of his dementia.

Jack Hanna Quotes

A lion is called a ‘king of beasts’ obviously for a reason.


Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.


The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.


The most magnificent creature in the entire world, the tiger is.


The most important thing is to preserve the world we live in. Unless people understand and learn about our world, habitats, and animals, they won’t understand that if we don’t protect those habitats, we’ll eventually destroy ourselves.


Alligators and crocodiles are some of the most aggressive creatures on the planet – they’ll take down a boat if you come up to their nest.


I had a very famous trainer tell me once, ‘You can usually train a wild animal but never tame a wild animal, ever.’ They are always going to be wild, no matter what anybody says.

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