The Red River Zoo is proud to welcome celebrity and wildlife expert Jack Hanna to Fargo / Moorhead as the guest speaker for this year’s ZOOlebration! Celebration.

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, Jack has made countless television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, CBS’s The Talk, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Jack 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 new show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

Jack and his wife, Suzi, live in central Ohio and have three daughters, six grandchildren, and a yellow Labrador.

The award winning Red River Zoo has received international recognition as a leading breeding and conservation facility for some of the world’s rarest cold climate species. We help save wildlife and their habitats through engaging visitor experiences, demonstrated conservation leadership and unique educational opportunities. By connecting people to nature, we inspire our community to learn, care, and act.

The Red River Zoo is a 501 c3 organization which is completely funded through admission fees, memberships, philanthropic gifts, and fundraising. ZOOlebration! is the annual gala fundraiser for the Zoo. This year’s theme is Explore Our World – An Evening with Jack Hanna. The event will be held at the Marriott in Moorhead on October 1st. The gala will be completely unique and unlike any event in the area. The venue will be completely transformed into a trip around the world, featuring animals from the Red River Zoo. Areas will be themed to transport you into the jungles, forests and mountains of the world along with fabulous food and drink…and Jack Hanna! Tickets to an exclusive Jack Hanna Meet and Greet are also available. Attendance is projected to be 600 people and is a 21 and over event.