Pros: Good Alternative to Disney Cartoons
Cons: Some Graphic Stuff not Suitable for Kids
I remember as a kid running to watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. My family watched that show religiously, from opening music to the end. I found some of that excitement with Discovery's shows on Dinosaurs and Animals, but not on a regular basis like I do on Animal Planet (Discovery appears to own Animal Planet, so they figured this out, I guess).
At first sight you may think this is a kids channel, but after watching a few episodes of Crock Hunter, Big Cat Diary, and Jeff Corwin, I was pretty sure it wasn't.
The Crock Hunter stuff is frightening to my daughter of 4 years old. She won't watch it unless my 6-year-old son is with her. I've watched a few and found them entertaining, but I don't think its all kids stuff.
The one episode I watched of the Big Cat Diary showed an Anaconda eating an entire Springbok, which was amazing to watch, but would definitely shock my daughter to tears. So, watch out parents. These are great educational shows, but the animals are wild and tend to do things that they have to do to survive. These aren't all tame zoo animals.
Jeff Corwin is great. I really enjoy his humor and attitude. His show is one of their best, in my opinion, but when I saw him relieve an Asian Elephant of its constipation, I was again curious but a bit perplexed by the audience they were addressing.
So, as I thought about the appropriateness of this channel for my kids, I realized something: This is just like Mutual of Omaha's show--I've got to watch it with my kids. My daughter will learn about how snakes survive and can lean on Daddy if she needs to. My son will understand why certain animals kill and eat other animals to survive, and I will enjoy watching these shows and explaining the issues that come up.