Animal Planet is an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Discovery Inc. Originally focused on more educationally-based television shows, the network has featured more reality programming since 2008. It is available throughout the United States, 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.
History with the Macy's Parade
Starting in 1999, Animal Planet was represented by a float in the Macy's Parade titled "Amazing Creatures of the Wild". The float featured a 30-foot long, jaw-snapping alligator, holding an inflatable earth up with his tail. The float also showcases many exotic animals such as a trumpeting elephant, a giant panda, an ostrich, and a cat, among others. The float would commonly house the stars of the many Animal Planet programs. This float made its final appearance in 2004.
The following year, in 2005, Animal Planet debuted a much larger float, this time under the name "Animal Wonders". At the center of the float, a large treehouse housed the many celebrities and stars of Animal Planet's many television programs. A multitude of different animals surrounded and decorated the float, including a humpback whale majestically leaping out of the water, a family of penguins, various chimpanzees hanging from trees, an over-sized coral snake, parrots, and a giant panda eating bamboo. The float would make three consecutive appearances, before retiring after the 2007 Parade.
Below, you will find a list of every performer/celebrity that has performed/appeared on the float, alongside the respective songs which they sang during the NBC Telecast.
Amazing Creatures of the Wild
- 1999 - Jeremy Kushnier; sang "Crocodile Rock"
- 2000 - Baha Men; sang "Who Let the Dogs Out"
- 2001 - Boyz II Men; sang "Thank You"
- 2002 - Baha Men; sang "Crocodile Rock"
- 2003 - Kool and the Gang; sang "Jungle Boogie"
- 2004 - Bering Strait; sang "I Could Use a Hero"
- 2005 - Tommy Tune; sang "Talk to the Animals"
- 2006 - Gloria Estefan; sang "See with your Heart"
- 2007 - Bindi and the Croc Band; sang "Jump"