What to Watch on Animal Planet and Where to Watch It

For the wildest shows out on TV, there’s no better place to look than Animal Planet. It’s feel-good content, too, because so much of it is focused on the praise and conservation of wildlife. This post outlines some of the top current shows on Animal Planet as well as the platforms you can use to watch it.

Table of Contents

  • What Is Animal Planet?
  • Series About Heartwarming International Conservation Efforts
  • Rugged Law-Focused Action Shows
  • Episodes About Underwater Wildlife Wonders
  • Series of Second Chances for Man and Dog
  • Episodes About Wildlife in the City
  • Where to Watch Animal Planet
  • Animal Planet FAQ


Animal Planet serves up content about wildlife and domesticated animals on both cable networks and streaming platforms. Current shows include a variety of content to appeal to the many interests of animal lovers and wildlife activists alike. You can find Animal Planet on certain TV plans from Spectrum, DIRECTV, Cox, Optimum, Suddenlink, and more.

Shows on Animal Planet
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What Is Animal Planet?

Animal Planet is a television channel primarily dedicated to content about wild animals and domesticated pets. The best part about the shows you find on this channel is that they present a wonderful reminder that there is good in the world (not everything is a dumpster fire). Although some of the shows naturally include a bit of light thrill here and there, the content is generally wholesome and uplifting. Even the shows that promote natural conservation make space for a better future if we put in a little effort to keep our world safe.

The shows listed in this post showcase some of the series that are currently running on the channel. Here, you’ll find shows about crocodile showdowns, law enforcement keeping the peace, pit bulls with something to prove and more. There’s something here for everyone!

Animal Planet's Crikey! It's the Irwins
Animal Planet's Crikey! It's the Irwins
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Series About Heartwarming International Conservation Efforts

Crikey! It’s the Irwins

For any viewers who had the pleasure of seeing Steve Irwin skillfully (but gently) wrangle alligators on his show “The Crocodile Hunter,” watching his family carry on his legacy will be heartwarming. In this show, Irwin’s wife, Terri, and his children, Bindi and Robert, go on international missions in the name of wildlife conservation. For example, one episode features the Irwins’ trip to Africa to meet an all-female anti-poaching squad and local wildlife. Other episodes show the family overseeing their beloved Australian Zoo and wildlife refuge by rescuing infirmed animals, welcoming adorable baby beasts and, of course, facing off with a few more crocodiles.

Animal Planet's Lone Star Law & North Woods Law
Animal Planet's Lone Star Law & North Woods Law

Rugged Law-Focused Action Shows

Lone Star Law

In Texas, game wardens protect both man and beast across more than a quarter million square miles. In this show, you can expect to see any of the following: loose gators, high-speed chases, poaching busts, illegal drug discoveries, missing person searches and more. If you enjoy cop reality shows and animals, “Lone Star Law” has the right mix for you. It has enough tension, action and attention to local wildlife to keep you tuned in.

North Woods Law

If you’d prefer to see law enforcement battling cold weather while they do their jobs, then watch “North Woods Law.” This show stars the conservation officers of Maine and New Hampshire who are charged with keeping the peace according to local wildlife law. They’re still protecting humans, of course. Some cases that they handle include rock climbing accidents, moose causing traffic jams, missing hikers, rabid foxes, stolen lobster traps, mountain rescues, speeding snowmobiles, and hunting or fishing violations. Check out this show for a taste of the New England wildlife scene!

Animal Planet's Aquarium
Animal Planet's Aquarium
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Episodes About Underwater Wildlife Wonders

The Aquarium

Viewers who feel drawn to the creatures under the sea will love “The Aquarium.” This show catalogs the day-to-day life of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. There’s a lot to see in their 10-million-gallon facility: lovable sea lions, endangered coral species, sweet beluga whales, scarily intelligent octopi and more. This particular aquarium also makes special efforts to help regrow the endangered African Penguin population by breeding and releasing them into their natural habitat. In this show, you’ll find an endearing and feel-good message about the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, the animals who inhabit it and the humans who care for them.

Animal Planet's Pit Bulls & Pararolees
Animal Planet's Pit Bulls & Pararolees
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Series of Second Chances for Man and Dog

Pit Bulls and Parolees

After a life of cherishing the loyalty she received from the strays she took in as a child, Tia Torres makes it her life’s mission to give a second chance to two misunderstood groups: pit bull dogs and parolee ex-convicts. In the show “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” Torres runs Villalobos Rescue Center, which is the largest pit bull rescue facility in the country. After saving pit bulls from perilous situations of abuse, neglect or homelessness, she and her team retrain them and pair them with a parolee in need of some unconditional love. By helping others find a higher quality of life through fulfilling relationships, Torres hopes to help both man and beast find peace, redemption and a second chance.

Animal Planet's The Zoo
Animal Planet's The Zoo
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Episodes About Wildlife in the City

The Zoo

As the largest metropolitan zoo in the country, the Bronx Zoo faces many challenges. Of course, it really can’t be easy to maintain a large group of animals right in the middle of the Concrete Jungle. The caretakers at this facility keep their fauna friends thriving through concentrated efforts in rehabilitation, illness treatment, endangered animal support, rehousing of illegal animals, research and more. If you have ever wanted a peek into how a zoo keeps everything together, this is the show for you.

Where to Watch Animal Planet

If you’re looking for a place to watch your favorite wildlife shows on Animal Planet, you can find this channel on one of the TV packages from Spectrum, DIRECTV, Cox, Suddenlink or Optimum below.

Where to Watch the Animal Planet Channel
ProviderPlans Which Include Animal Planet
SpectrumSpectrum TV Select Signature; Spectrum TV Silver; Spectrum TV Gold
CoxContour TV Preferred; Contour TV Ultimate
Suddenlink; ;
OptimumPremier TV

If streaming services are more your speed, then you’ll be able to find your favorite Animal Planet shows on services like DIRECTV via Internet, FuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, Vidgo, and YouTube TV.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I watch Animal Planet?

You can find the Animal Planet channel on Spectrum, DIRECTV, Cox, Optimum and Suddenlink TV plans. Some streaming services also offer shows from this channel.

What can I watch on Animal Planet?

The current programming for Animal Planet has everyone covered. You can find shows about zoo care, aquarium upkeep, international conservation efforts, wildlife law enforcement and more! Check out the post above for more information.

What types of shows does Animal Planet broadcast?

Animal Planet is responsible for producing content that is animal- and wildlife-focused. The shows typically also include themes of wildlife care and conservation.

Is Animal Planet family-friendly?

The content you’ll find on Animal Planet is generally family-friendly but check their website for more information if you are concerned.

Written by Sarah Solomon

Edited by Henry St. Pierre

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