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Broadcast areaAustralia, New Zealand
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)

Animal Planet is a television channel which launched locally in Australia exclusively on Optus Television in October 1999. The channel is dedicated to the U.S. cable television channel, programming that highlights the relationship between humans and animals. It has since expanded to multiple carriers.

It was added to Foxtel on 1 December 2003[1] in Australia and screen on Sky in New Zealand.

It was formerly available on SelecTV from March 2007 until the closure of its English service in late 2010.[2][3] It was available on Fetch TV until 1 February 2015. It would later be re-added to the platform on 1 May 2020.[citation needed]


Animal Planet also hosts some David Attenborough content.


  1. ^ Hassall, Greg (17 November 2003). "Switched On". The Sydney Morning Herald – The Guide. p. 2. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ Addington, Tim (15 March 2007). "SelecTV adds five Discovery channels to platform". B&T Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  3. ^ Chessell, James (20 August 2010). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". The Australian – City Beat. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  4. ^ "'Crikey! It's the Irwins': Bindi Irwin Shares Promo & Premiere Date For Animal Planet Series (VIDEO)". TV Insider. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Puppy Bowl XV: Winner Takes All: Puppy Bowl". Animal Planet,
  6. ^ "About The Show – The Aquarium". Animal Planet,
  7. ^ "About The Show – The Zoo". Animal Planet,