Suzi Egli Bio, Wiki
Suzi Egli Hanna is a wildlife conservationist and media personality who is best known for being the wife of Jack Hanna, a retired American zookeeper and a director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He was director of the zoo from 1978 to 1992 and is viewed as largely responsible for elevating its quality and reputation.
The two have been since 1968.
In April 2021, Hanna’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia, subsequently thought to be Alzheimer’s disease, and would make no further public appearances.
Suzi Egli Background
Egli is a New Jersey native who studied physical education and health at Muskingum University in Ohio.
The two were students at Muskingum, on campus.
As recently as of 2017, Egli delivered the commencement address at the university. “Suzi’s lifelong commitment to public service – as a wildlife conservationist, a world-traveling philanthropist, and compassionate volunteer – has changed so many lives,” university president Susan Hasseler said at the time.
At Muskingum, we educate the whole person for the whole world – and Suzi is an inspiring example of the limitless impact that each one of us can have when we engage with and serve others.”
Egli and Hanna have traveled the world together, and she was a co-star on the long-running Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.
“Out of all of our adventures together, our first and most consequential was our move away from our homes to the rolling hills of Muskingum,” said Suzi Hanna ahead of the commencement speech. “Our lives were forever changed by that decision.”
Egli and Hanna share three children – Kathaleen, Suzanne, and Julie.
Jack Hanna retired in 2020
The animal lover retired from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Ohio at the end of 2020, where he had worked for nearly 40 years. His daughters shared the news that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in an emotional letter obtained by KMTR.
The letter praised Hanna’s “passion for wildlife conservation and education” and noted that his love of nature was the “core of who our dad is and everything he has accomplished with the help of so many.”
“He has spent his life connecting people and wildlife because he has always believed that having people see and experience animals is key to engaging them in more impactful conservation efforts,” the letter continued.
The family’s statement also said that The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium “has been a major part of our lives” since 1978. “To say that we are abundantly proud to be his daughters is an understatement,” his family added.