Local zoo gets wild life stars attention

Jack Hanna, who is best known for his television show, Into the Wild, will be at the Barton Community College Auditorium hosting as part of a fundraiser for the Great Bend Zoological Society to be hosted on October 16.

“[He] will be bringing live animals and a presentation with videos on his travels around the world”, said Scott Gregory, Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo Director and Senior Fort Hays Virtual College Student. “I’ve worked with him in the past and I wanted to do a fundraiser so I just called him up and after getting through his assistant, he said yes.”

“This will be 100 percent entertaining and available for any age…Jack loves teaching kids and loves getting them interested.” Gregory said.

The length of the presentation will range between two to two and a half hours, according to Gregory.

“Its great, Jack is a role model, you know you watch his show during the mornings at seven and for someone like him to come to small town Kansas it’s just great, even for people who don’t know who he is, it will be interesting” said Gregory about Hanna’s willingness to come to Great Bend.

Jack Hanna is currently on tour for his new show “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” which is hosted on ABC affiliates throughout the country.

The fundraiser will help fund the Great Bend Zoo. Admissions is always free and is located at 2123 Main St., 281 Hwy, Great Bend. Questions about the fundraiser or how to donate can be reached through (620) 793-4226 or here.

There will only be 650 tickets to to event sold, and will be available to the public starting June 7 at the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest for $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

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