Jack Hanna, one of the most popular wildlife experts has decided to step away from public life after he was diagnosed with dementia.

An icon in his own right, he had managed to provide valuable insight into animals and their behavior. However, his journey on television has come to an end, as announced by his family on Twitter.

On Wednesday, his family took to Twitter and announced, “Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease.” His condition has unfortunately progressed at a rapid rate.

During his illustrious career, Hanna was more popularly known as the ‘Jungle Jack.’ He also made special appearances in popular TV shows such as “Good Morning America”, where he brought two mini gorillas back in 1983. He was not only a star but also a director at Columbus Zoo, where he was first hired in 1978.

Jack Hanna, prominent wildlife expert retires from public life after dementia diagnosisAfter his daughters broke the news about his deteriorating health, the zoo administration also sent in messages to express profound sadness on learning about Hanna’s diagnosis. Moreover, they also appealed to his fans to help out the family at such a critical time.

Hanna’s daughters exclaimed how grateful they were for their father’s passion to learn about animals.

The family members have called for respecting their privacy in this critical time, which they said was highly ‘ironic’, considering Hanna’s love for interacting with different people and making them laugh. According to the family members, Hanna’s health may not be perfect, but his sense of humor is still intact.