POWELL – Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced the five finalists for the “Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna” contest.

Cassandra Stull of Delaware was named finalist. Stull’s video and application made her stand out as a conservationist and true animal lover.

Cassandra demonstrated her love for animals and adventure by explaining that, “A college professor suggested I take a summer job at the Wilds, teaching at camp. While there I realized my passion was informing the public about these animals so they may better understand the importance of conserving this planet’s biodiversity. I promptly switched my major to Conservation Science.”

The winner of the “Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna” contest will spend six weeks at Mantis Field Guide Academy, located at the world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa. While attending the Mantis Field Guide Academy, the winner will have a once-in-a-life opportunity to learn what it takes to lead safaris in Africa. And that’s not all. The winner will also appear on the Emmy-winning nationally syndicated television series Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, filmed at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Second prize is a trip to New York City to watch Jack and the animal handlers work behind-the-scenes at one of Jack Hanna’s in-studio TV interviews. Third prize is a trip to the world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for a three-day VIP tour and shadowing experience.

To view Cassandra’s video and vote for your favorite entrant of the “Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna” contest, please visit www.columbuszoo.org/contest. Voting runs today through December 9. Cassandra is the daughter of Tammy and Nip Mattern of Cadiz.