Discovery Communications and the BBC launched the TV channel Animal Planet in 1996. As the name suggests, it specializes in shows about animals. The network hosts educational TV shows but has also introduced more entertainment-oriented shows since its relaunch in 2008. Animal ... Read More Planet's shows cover a range of topics that animal lovers find irresistible, everything from exposes on illegal whaling to features on cute puppies and kittens. Animal Planet also sells DVDs, books, clothing, and gifts that are related to animals -- including gifts for less than 25 dollars -- to make shopping for a baby shower or birthday easier. Plenty of kids will get a kick out of the Lion 3 in 1 Travel Buddy, which your little one can use as a plush animal, pillow, or blanket.