Hallmark Channel has acquired exclusive cable rights to Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures.

As part of the deal with Litton Entertainment, Hallmark also acquired digital distribution rights to the series on HallmarkChannel.com, and for distribution under the Hallmark brand name on third-party sites such as iTunes.

The channel will premiere Animal Adventures on October 3 and run it on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The series features popular naturalist Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, as he travels around the world to showcase animals and their environments.