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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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If you like natural history and you're interested in the environment, why not visit Radio 4's first ever interactive blog here.

You can read, watch and listen as Natural History Radio make a new landmark series called Planet Earth Under Threat.

And being a blog, you can of course contribute to it...
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Aubrey Manning
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Monday 19 June 2006
Baby Meerkats
A close up for some baby meerkats in the Kalahari. © The Large Animal Research Group - UK.

Babblers and Meerkats

Aubrey Manning tells the fascinating tale of two species of social animals that dwell in the Kalahari Desert.

The BBC Natural History Unit sent him there to meet the "badly behaved" meerkats, and - as he found out - the "rather nice" Babblers.

The Pied Babbler is a bird that, rather like the meerkats, has discovered that co-operating with each other in a family group is by far the best way to avoid being eaten by the myriad of predators in the desert.

They all share the family chores and keep an eye on each others back. The remarkable thing about Aubrey Manning's visit, as he avidly shares with us, is the tameness of the animals.

Meerkats are feeding their young around his feet at the same time the babblers are fending off a pygmy falcon in an Acacia tree above him.

So, join Zoologist Professor Aubrey Manning for a rich encounter with some exotic wildlife.
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