Animal Planet was started in co-operation with the BBC by Discovery Communications on October 1, 1996.
On January 1, 1997, Animal Planet‘s distribution grew as a result of Discovery Communications buying the channel space of WOR EMI Service, that was implemented in the light of the SyndEx laws enforced by the Federal Communications Commission.
It is available throughout the US, as well as in over 70 countries around the world.
Country-specific versions of the channel have been created in Canada, India, Japan, Taiwan and other countries.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has an exhibit of “Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extreme”. It opened in late 2005 in a multi-million dollar expansion. Animal Planet and the National Aquarium in Baltimore (in 2004) announced a multi-year partnership which produced an original orientation film that gives Aquarium visitors background on the Australian area which inspired the new exhibit and a dedicated area inside the expansion where visitors can learn about Animal Planet’s conservation efforts and other programming. The partnership also has possible future productions of TV programs about the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s research and exhibits.