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Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown

Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Jack Hanna is a legend in the TV animal world. He has been hanging out with animals for years - from volunteering for a vet when he was boy to becoming director of The Columbus Zoo in Ohio. He carved out a niche as an animal expert, doing countless media appearances and becoming a favorite on talk shows.

Now, at 70, his enthusiasm for discovering, researching and exploring them is as intense as ever. He's still making it fun.

His Wild Countdown series moves quickly around the globe, showcasing unusual creatures for specific reasons. In one episode he's focusing on animals that mate for life. Cut to Magellanic penguins in Chile, Tamarin Monkeys in Brazil, wild hogs in Gabon and jackals in Kenya. Hanna gets up close and personal with the animals, wisely asking a local expert to guide him along the way.

In another episode, titled Paws and Claws, he looked at "six creatures with fascinating feet." And they were fascinating - from the ostriches in Curacao to the horses in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Quick-paced and upbeat, Hanna's show feels fresh and current. He clearly loves it - and his family, since his wife Sue (they've been married since 1968) or one of his adult daughters often tag along.

Gentle humor, lots of funs facts, nice animal footage and Hanna's happy take on it all make for good family television.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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