In conjunction with Earth Week at Shangri La, the Lutcher Theater has added a new show to its schedule.

America’s best known zookeeper and wildlife expert, Jack Hanna, will be in Orange  at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 27.

Animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. His hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, conservationist, author, television personality, and lifelong adventurer.

Hanna will be highlighting his many adventures with a mix of DVD clips, introducing animals to audience members, and telling inspirational stories that deal with issues of conservation, travel and wildlife.

In 1978, Hanna was named director of the Columbus Zoo.  The zoo was struggling and in need of rejuvenation when Hanna arrived and transformed the establishment into a state-of-the-art zoo. His keen understanding of public relations sparked a remarkable turnabout.

Hanna took his ineffable passion to the airwaves and created his own nationally syndicated television program, “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.” After twelve years with Animal Adventures, he has recently launched a new syndicated TV Series, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Recognized around the country, as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox News Programs, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Author of seven books-and counting, his timeless tales continue to captivate audiences from every generation.  He is also an active supporter of the Leukemia Society, Partners in Conservation, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, and the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.  Whatever Jack’s role, he will always remain an adventurer at heart, never hesitating at the chance to travel, explore, and support the animal world.

Hanna’s show is sponsored in part by Shangri La Botannical Gardens and Nature Center, Invista and Channel 6 KFDM.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $18 adults, $8 students. You can by tickets at the Lutcher Theater ticket office or online at

If you wish to find out more about Jack Hanna, visit his website:
Shangri La will be celebrating Earth Week April 22-27 with many activities including special Adams Bayou boat tours, heronry bird walks, Shangri La nature hikes, story time for children, guest speakers, and many other opportunities.

For more information about Shangri la Botannical Gardens and Nature Center, visit their website,