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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 AnimalsAreNotTrophies.com 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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: … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
“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 … Continue reading
Although they haven’t, to my knowledge, found much convincing evidence of Sasquatch, the self-described “Squatchers” of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot will continue the hunt when a new season of the series begins Nov. 9 at 9pm ET/PT. At the start of the season’s eight new episodes, the team is supposedly “hot on the trail of what they believe to be the world’s largest Sasquatch.” That enormous Bigfoot is the subject of the two-hour season premiere, which takes Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland, off to Alaska. … Continue reading
If zombie people on your TV screen aren’t enough to freak you out, thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation, before long you will be able to see zombie animals on the attack, courtesy of Animal Planet. The network announced today that it has acquired exclusive rights for the zombie animal graphic novel The Other Dead, and will be developing it into a scripted series. From creators Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Star Wars, Spider-Man) and Digger Mesch (Agent 88, X-Men, Payday), The Other Dead is a critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novel from IDW Publishing. The story … Continue reading
John Daniels is a magician with a chainsaw. And his twin brother Ron is a wizard with numbers. Together, they and their crew of 40 artists, carpenters, designers and engineers create spectacular play structures, animated characters, shooting galleries and animal carvings for entertainment centers, theme parks, casinos and families around the country. Welcome to the world of Redwood Kings. John took his artistic talents and started carving redwood animals over 23 years ago. “We kept finding logs, oak trees and redwood trees, different species that were hollow in the middle or fallen down,” he said. “There’s a lot of logs … Continue reading
The June 14 episode of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell will find host/cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy visiting Lux, the infamous “911 cat” with a “history of violence” who earlier this year made headlines by terrorizing his guardians so much that he forced them to call the emergency number. On the 911 call, the terrified family reported that they were shut off in a bedroom, with their infant and dog, as the crazed cat screeched in the background. “He’s trying to attack us,” the man who called the number told the dispatcher. Apparently, the cat would charge at them every … Continue reading