Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2016 Begins Tonight

One of Animal Planet’s fan-favorite annual programming events begins its latest installment tonight, May 26. Monster Week 2016 kicks off at 9pm ET/PT with the “Devil of the Deep” episode of River Monsters, and runs through the season finale of River Monsters on June 2 at 8pm ET/PT. The network says that 11 new specials will be featured during the week. (Sorry, no new mermaid specials this year, although the original Mermaids will air on May 28.) According to Animal Planet, last year’s Monster Week drove the network to rank among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks among Men 25-54 and Men […]

reindeer cam on Animal Planet

The reindeer just peed …

Well, I shouldn’t say “just” but when I finally spotted the gal that’s what I was treated to. Not exactly the welcome shot I was looking for but, hey, we are talking live Reindeer Cam here. Let’s back this up a bit … so Animal Planet sends out a press release on their Reindeer Cam that’s live from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. Check it out at The cam is following two female reindeer named Abby and June Bug, and you can check in and see what they are up to anytime on just […]


Animal Planet’s World Lion Day programming dedicated to Cecil the Lion

Just as Nat Geo Wild is doing, Animal Planet will also be airing a marathon of lion-related programming on Monday, Aug. 10, in celebration of World Lion Day, and dedicated to Cecil the Lion — the beloved, humanized Zimbabwean lion that was killed by an American hunter last month, causing international outrage. From Animal Planet: “Animal Planet’s roaring about World Lion Day to honor the majestic lion –one of the most revered species on the planet –whose numbers are in decline. Animal Planet’s campaign is a resource for those who want to take action against trophy hunting and poaching. In addition, Animal Planet is dedicating its World Lion Day marathon […]

TV News & Program Updates

Animal Planet statement on passing of Kipenzi the Giraffe

Back in April, Animal Planet live-streamed and aired live the birth of a giraffe at the Dallas Zoo. Yesterday, sadly, that young giraffe — named Kipenzi — died in an accident that occurred while she was running in her enclosure. Animal Planet issued the following statement this morning: “Like our friends and fellow animal lovers at the Dallas Zoo and around the world, Animal Planet is completely heartbroken after learning of the tragic news of Kipenzi’s death. “The 24×7 coverage we offered of Katie’s pregnancy and Kipenzi’s birth was one of the most exciting and beautiful projects we have undertaken […]


“Treetop Cat Rescue”: Animal Planet series follows duo who save treed felines

If you live in Washington state, home of some of the largest trees in the country, and your cat ends up in one of those trees, who do you call? If the trees are too tall for your local fire department to help with, and if Superman isn’t around, how can poor kitty ever get back down to the ground? Turns out that expert tree climbers and cat communication experts Shaun Sears and Tom Otto are on the case, and a new Animal Planet series, Treetop Cat Rescue, chronicles their adventures in trying to rescue frenzied felines from the canopy. More from Animal Planet: […]


Monster Week 2015 airs nine nights on Animal Planet

Recently, Animal Planet announced the lineup for its annual Monster Week celebration of all things related to terrifying beasts, real and legendary. Monster Week 2015 will air nine nights, May 17 through May 25, on the network, and some of the premiere titles are eye-catching, to say the least, sounding more like Syfy movies, with program names including Serial Killer Tiger at Large and Killer Hornets From Hell. Earlier this year, new Discovery Channel president Rich Ross promised no more “mockumentaries” on the channel, like has been seen with the Mermaids and Megalodon shows. That promise may have technically applied only to Discovery Channel […]

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Witness A Live Giraffe Birth On Animal Planet Live!

The miracle of birth is a momentous and long-awaited event, and when you’ve been pregnant for 15 months and your baby will be born 6 feet tall, the event is even more herculean. Now, Animal Planet has set up live-streaming cameras to capture the live birth of a giraffe living at the Dallas Zoo. Within the next few days, viewers will be able to watch Katie the Giraffe, one of the zoo herd’s most charismatic and charming animals, give birth. It’s a marvel of modern technology that viewers around the world get to share in a live giraffe birth. The […]

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Animal Planet’s “The Whale” explores real-life event that inspired “Moby-Dick”

“From the network that brought you Mermaids,” read the title card ahead of the trailer for Animal Planet’s self-described “scripted event” The Whale: Revenge From the Deep. That may be enough to either intrigue or dissuade any number of people who either liked or disliked Animal Planet’s previous forays into scripted fare like Mermaids, but the trailer does look promising. Add to that the fact that Martin Sheen headlines the film based on a gripping true-life tale, and that’s enough to get us to dive in. The two-hour production is a retelling of the sinking of the Nantucket whaling ship […]