Yesterday we hosted wildlife expert Jack Hanna, his wife Suzi, and their film crew who were here to do a story on our animals for their TV show 'Into The Wild.' The local paper, the Missoulian, sent a reporter and photographer out to the ranch to interview the Hannas about their visit with us and the other Montana topics they're going to be covering on this trip.
Jack and Suzi were absolutely delightful, and they were very taken with the animals at the ranch. The Missoulian interview was conducted at the start of their visit, so they hadn't met many of the animals yet, but as you can see from the photo, the Hannas had already met blind Callie -- who fell in love with Suzi and vice versa.
The original plan was to do a short 3-minute segment that would air during one of their Into The Wild programs. But after less than an hour here, the Hannas and their producers were so amazed at everything they saw that they decided on the spot to turn this into a full 30-minute program. As a result, they ended up spending more than four hours at the ranch yesterday filming. The story will air sometime this fall, and we will post the program date as soon as we find out.
You can read the Missoulian story here.
The article, titled Backyard Explorers, ran on the paper's front page today. Here's what it looked like: