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Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Jack Hanna
Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes Jack Hanna

Lenoir-Rhyne University will welcome Jack Hanna to its Hickory campus on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The famous animal expert and conservationist will share the stage with a variety of his favorite animal ambassadors. The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. and Hanna will be available for autographs beginning at 6:15 p.m. This is Hanna's second visit to LRU; over 1,300 guests enjoyed his first appearance in October of 2011.

"We are very excited to welcome Jack Hanna back to LRU," said Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life, Katie Fisher. "He has dedicated his life to the awareness and conservation of the animal kingdom. We consider it a privilege to be able to hear, firsthand, about his experiences and learn about the array of animals he will bring to LR."

Tickets for the event are $15 per person and can be purchased at the University Box Office beginning Monday, February 6.

"Since Jack's visit in 2011, we have had countless requests to bring him back to campus," Fisher said. "His love of animals and passion for wildlife conservation is contagious, and his presentations are energizing, enlightening, as well as entertaining. We hope our campus and community members will fill the gymnasium to welcome Jack and take advantage of this unique opportunity." Fisher added that school and youth groups and other organizations are encouraged to attend.

Jungle Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and "hands-on" approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds.

Recognized as America's favorite zookeeper, Hanna has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Fox News programs, and CNN News programs. Hanna took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs. Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna's Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit lr.edu/jackhanna. The LR Box Office is located at the entrance of P.E. Monroe Auditorium and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased with credit card or cash at the LR Box Office in person or by telephone at 828.328.7206. Discounts and group rates will not apply for this event. Requests for hearing impaired services should be made two weeks in advance of the event by calling 828.328.3296. The Shuford Gymnasium is handicapped accessible.