Jack Hanna to take Egyptian Theatre ‘Into the Wild’

By Lindsey Diehl

Students, as well as the rest of the community, are invited to experience wildlife outside of DeKalb County’s usual squirrels and geese.

Wildlife enthusiast Jack Hanna is bringing exotic animals for his show Into the Wild Live at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Nonprofit organizations, The Egyptian Theatre and the Midwest Museum of Natural History (MMNH), 425 W. State St. in Sycamore, are partnering together to bring the popular television star and his animal gang to the area.

Hanna’s show will feature live animals and captivating stories with footage from his worldwide travels. Although Hanna’s Into the Wild television show has been awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series, Egyptian Theatre Executive Director Alex Nerad emphasizes the show’s versatility.

“This show is going to appeal to all ages… Pretty much anyone can enjoy seeing animals they wouldn’t normally get to see up close and personal,” Nerad said.

Hanna has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation by traveling to different parts of the world and showcasing his journeys on another hit television program, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. His television career also includes appearances on such shows as the Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Good Morning America.

This is not the first time Jungle Jack will be visiting the community. In 2007 and 2008, Hanna entertained audiences at the MMNH alongside his furry and scaly friends.

MMNH Executive Director Molly Holman Trickey explains her excitement to bring Hanna back to the area.

“Both visits were a great experience for the museum and a wonderful opportunity for the community,” she said. “We are thrilled to have the chance to work with the Egyptian Theatre to bring him back again.”