The Rarest Rhino

The rarest rhino in the world can be found wallowing in the mud at the Ol Pejeta Nature Conservancy in Kenya. Constantly guarded by vigilant rifle-clad guards, these two animals have no idea that they are the last members of…
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The War on Rhino Poaching

South Africa is in the midst of a rhino poaching epidemic. The statistics concerning this illegal practice over the past decade or so make for very grim reading. Between 1990 and 2007, there were relatively few rhino poaching incidents in…
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Sea Otters: Back From the Brink

Last week, Alex and I were in Birmingham and we decided to visit the National SEA LIFE Centre. Originally, we weren’t even scheduled to go there – but then we learned that it had recently become the home of the…
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British Wildlife of the Week: Hazel Dormouse

The dormouse has a famously sleepy disposition. It’s an image that was cemented over 150 years ago when a very tired dormouse appeared in the well-known tea-party scene in Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And unlike many animal reputations…
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The Sixth Extinction

Everyone’s favourite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, returns to our screens tonight with a brand-new one-off documentary. Called Extinction: The Facts (a follow-up to last year’s Climate Change: The Facts), it will look at how human overpopulation, rampant over-consumption, the illegal…
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British Wildlife of the Week: Sunfish

Large, lazy and very strange-looking – meet the ocean sunfish. This extraordinary animal is certainly very peculiarly-proportioned. Tall but vertically flattened, with a pale, circular body that seems to end abruptly behind its huge dorsal and anal fins, the sunfish…
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Why it’s Important to Weigh Your Pet

Predator and prey animals are in what is known as an ‘evolutionary arms race’. This means that while prey animals are constantly evolving new traits to avoid being eaten, predators are actively evolving traits that help them overcome the tactics…
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Amazon Fires: Why is the Rainforest Burning?

Back before COVID-19 dominated the headlines, before even the massive fires in Australia destroyed thousands of homes and killed billions of animals, another part of the world was burning. I can still remember seeing, on an online news article almost…
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What Animal Is It?

Today is Amazon Day and The Nature Nook will be releasing a number of Amazon-related articles. Just to clarify, we aren’t celebrating the world’s largest online marketplace – but we are celebrating the world’s largest rainforest. Today’s What Animal Is…
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