06/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Animal Reality Shows Are Taking Over TV

If you channel-surf with any regularity, you have almost certainly noticed that shows offering absurdly close-up views of nature, and especially of animals, have been popping up everywhere lately. Who can afford to go on a safari or two-week rafting adventure these days? Television gives us all an eco-tourism passport.

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