Jack Hanna Returns to Des Moines

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Jack Hanna Returns to Des Moines


Jungle Jack Hanna will make a return trip to Des Moines on Friday, April 27 for a benefit for the Blank Park Zoo.

Jack Hanna Returns to Des Moines


For Immediate Release

DES MOINES, Iowa (April 12, 2012) – “Jungle” Jack Hanna will make a return trip to Des Moines on Friday, April 27 at the Community Choice Credit Union Conference Center at Veterans Memorial for a benefit evening for Blank Park Zoo.

“Jack’s first trip to Des Moines was an incredible experience and we are thrilled he is coming back,” said Mark Vukovich, CEO. “Jack will bring some of his exotic animal friends, and tell stories of his many adventures in an evening that benefits the animals of Blank Park Zoo.”


Tickets are on sale now at www.blankparkzoo.com or by calling 515-974-2533.


Ticket prices: VIP: (includes cocktail reception with Jack Hanna) $150/person or $1250 for table of 10, General Admission: $100/person or $850 for table of 10.
Time: 5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception (VIP ticket required), 6 p.m. Doors Open, 6:30 p.m. Jack Hanna program, 7:15 p.m. dinner

Jack Hanna’s visit is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide, is based in Columbus, Ohio. Jack Hanna and Nationwide Insurance have been partners in conservation for more than three decades. In early 2010, Nationwide became sponsor of
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild and his national speaking tour. Nationwide companies based in Des Moines are Allied Insurance, Nationwide Agribusiness and Nationwide Advantage Mortgage.

About Jack Hanna:

Animal expert Jungle Jack Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, conservationist, author, television personality, and lifelong adventurer. Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Talk, The Maury Show, Fox News Programs, and CNN News Programs. He is the host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. For more information, visit www.jackhanna.com 


About the Nationwide Insurance                                                                                                              
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, public and private sector retirement plans, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit

About Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through April. Winter admission rates are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $5 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife. www.blankparkzoo.com



Here is a video of Jack Hanna's previous visit to Blank Park Zoo:



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