Hanna Says Zoo Supporters Did Nothing Wrong In Levy Campaign

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UPDATED: Wednesday May 7, 2014 12:20 PM

Jungle Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, says he's a positive person and believes Franklin County voters will eventually approve a new zoo levy.

"It's like I told my staff today, they said Jack 'what did we do wrong?’ said Hanna.  "They did nothing wrong.  Some people came in here, obviously.  I told them when you're at the top in life, whether it's football or business, there are always those that might not like that."

Hanna discussed the possible outcome of the zoo levy with 10TV on Monday.

"I probably take this personally, I'm going to be honest with you," said Hanna.  "Not because I haven't tried hard.  My dad always taught me on our farm he said, 'Jack, hard work is two words you have to live by.'  You have to always believe in what you do or it won't work."

Hanna says zoo officials will consider carefully the timing of the next levy vote.  The current levy expires next year.

"I'm not going to sit here and say well Jack you screwed up it's your fault," said Hanna.  "I can't say that because like my dad told me on the farm I've worked hard.  And all of us at the zoo have worked hard, and especially all these people the last two weeks.  I know that we worked hard."

The levy failed Tuesday by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

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