Animal Planet
Broadcast areaGermany, Austria, Switzerland
HeadquartersMunich, Germany
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i for the SD feed)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channelsDiscovery Channel
Eurosport 1
Eurosport 2
Eurosport 2 Xtra
Launched31 March 2004; 20 years ago (2004-03-31)

Animal Planet is a German television channel broadcasting programmes about animals, nature, and wildlife to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

An agreement to launch the channel exclusively on the Premiere platform was signed by Discovery Networks Deutschland and Premiere in October 2003.[1] The channel launched at 9 pm on 31 March 2004.[2] The new Animal Planet logo was adopted in November 2008.[3]

On 30 June 2009 the channel was replaced by its competitor, Nat Geo Wild. This was the result of a new contract between Premiere and Discovery Networks in anticipation of Premiere's relaunch as Sky Deutschland in July.[4] It is now available on cable provider Unitymedia's digital cable network.[5][6]




  1. ^ "Premiere und DISCOVERY CHANNEL starten den neuen Sender ANIMAL PLANET" (Press release). Premiere. October 12, 2003.
  2. ^ "Neuer Sender ANIMAL PLANET ab 31. März exklusiv auf Premiere" (Press release). Premiere. February 23, 2004.
  3. ^ "Natursender Animal Planet legt sich neues Design zu". November 3, 2008.
  4. ^ "Discovery Networks Deutschland und Premiere geben Einigung bekannt". Discovery Networks Deustchland. May 15, 2009. Archived from the original on May 25, 2024. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Discovery Channel und Animal Planet ab 1. Juli bei Unitymedia im digitalen Kabel" (Press release). Discovery Networks Deustchland. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on May 25, 2024. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Discovery und Animal Planet bei Unitymedia". Meedia. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "Wunschliste". Retrieved 15 July 2017.