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Nelleke van Niekerk, B.Sc. Food Science (Biochemistry)

Nelleke van Niekerk, B.Sc. Food Science (Biochemistry)

Nelleke is an ex-food scientist turned copywriter chasing her dream of living a balanced and creative life filled with adventures and challenges. She is most likely to be found behind her laptop typing (and deleting) up a storm, reading a book in the sun, lost in the mountains admiring nature or playing in the waves somewhere.

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Get To Know Nelleke van Niekerk, B.Sc. Food Science (Biochemistry)

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  • B.Sc. Food Science (Biochemistry)
  • Red & Yellow Creative School of Business - Copywriting Diploma

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McKenna, a roaming lioness has caught 6 dogs in 7 days from their residential homes in Ongata Rongai, Kenya. Her hunting spree has the town in a frenzy, but who wouldn’t be with knowing that one of the Big 5 is roaming your streets? Read on to see her caught in action.  Caught In The …

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When this first-time cat mom got her brand-new kitten she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. That cats were independent, liked their personal space, and only showed affection to certain people. But she couldn’t have been more wrong! Her cat, Petunia, completely changed her perspective about cats in the best possible way.  …

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The American Bald Eagle has been the US National Symbol for many years. These incredible, agile and stunning animals are known for their agility and distinctive white heads, but here are 10 other facts we thought you should know about the majestic Bald Eagle! 1. US National Symbol The Bald Eagle has been the US …

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The US has many incredible National Parks filled with nature’s beauty and amazing animals! Let’s have a look at some spectacular animals that call these US National Parks home.  1. American Bison The American Bison is the largest land mammal found in North America. These impressive creatures have been a significant part of American history …

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A kindhearted Florida cop saved a helpless baby kitten stranded in the middle of a busy highway. This poor black kitten was terrified, tiny, and all alone before her brave hero came along! The Rescue Officer Stanfield noticed the helpless kitten lying in the middle of the road while on patrol on Highway 441. Just …

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Let’s have a look at 12 of the most endangered animals alive in our world today! All of these animals face declining numbers due to poaching, habitat loss, and urbanization of the natural world.  1. Javan Rhino  The Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus), with their origin in Indonesia, is one of the most endangered animals alive …

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The natural world is filled with animals that have to defend themselves, and some of these animals have some pretty unusual defense mechanisms! In the wild, these animals have to fend for themselves, and some do it in pretty strange ways.  1. Sea Cucumber Sea cucumbers can expel their internal organs when they feel threatened. …

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Here is a look at 30 spiders found in Florida. Some of these spider bites are more dangerous than others, but let’s have a look at the potential threats of being bitten by one of them!  1. Southern Black Widow The Southern Black Widow, scientifically called Latrodectus mactans is one of the few venomous spiders …

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As per tradition for all officers who retire, a K9 officer named Faust received an emotional final radio call honoring him on his last shift before retirement. Paying tribute to a loyal and brave officer who served not only his community but the country for 8 strong years! Read on to see the tribute! At …

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Meet the cat nurse, Rademenes, who dedicated his life to helping other sick animals after surviving a serious illness himself. Lending a compassionate touch to other sick animals who need it. Read on to learn more about this wonderfully sweet cat.  Survivor At the young age of two months, Rademenes arrived at the shelter in …

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Proof that not all heroes wear capes! This family cat saved his human brother from a dog attack that could have been much worse – yikes! Read on to watch the video.  A Normal Afternoon Out The young boy, Jeremy, was playing with his bicycle in their front yard under his mom’s supervision. But little …

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This story about two dog brothers who welcome their new human baby sister into their pack is the most joyful love story! Adorable, heartwarming, and just too cute! Read on to see the video.  Love At First Sight From the moment these two Golden Retriever brothers set eyes on their newborn baby sister their excitement …

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In this story, the cutest cat loves helping her human mama make pottery! From the moment this cat fell in love with pottery to her promotion to studio assistant – read on to learn more and see the sweet video.  First, Let’s Meet Figaro Figaro, or Fig, was adopted by her human mama while she …

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This is an adorable love story between a pitbull and her human sister since the day she was only visible on an ultrasound! Read on to see the video where Celeste the pittie falls in love with her unborn human sister. Love At First Almost Sight Celeste the pittie, could not contain her excitement when …

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Did you know that dogs are crucial contributors to anti-poaching? Sean van Niekerk, an experienced ranger, shared some of his stories and experiences working alongside dogs in an anti-poaching unit.  Their Work Sean was a part of a team who minimized the poaching of rhinos in Mozambique, and that of elephants in Limpopo areas. They …

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Cat photographer, Nils Jacobi, shares his “one of his favorite photography projects ever”, and we are melting! In this project, he captured the cutest Maine Coon kittens every other day to show how they develop while growing up.  Read on to see the video!  “Kitten Growing Up”  The title of his project clearly says what …

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The sweetest pup, Kona, loves any kind of celebration! And who can blame her? Parties are awesome! But nothing comes to her pure joy when she is finally thrown her own birthday party! Read on to see the video of this adorable face.  Meet The Life Of The Party: Kona Kona, a pittie mix, was …

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In the video below, we see a large pride of lions on a walk through the Kruger National Park. This incredible video captured by Matthew Grossett is a great display of the social nature of these majestic predators. Let’s have a look!  How Many Lions Are In A Pride?  The average pride consists of 15 …

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In this adorable video, two lion cubs follow their mama across what seems to be an easy terrain. But their short little legs struggle to keep up with her long strides! Let’s learn a bit more about how these babies learn to survive.  Small, Fierce Cubs  It is mind-boggling to think that these tiny cubs …

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Sean van Niekerk, an experienced Game Ranger, gave us some incredible insights into the life of a game ranger and the anti-poaching war. On our podcast, he chatted to Cayla de Souza from AATG about some of his experiences and how they combat poaching.  Who Is Sean?  Sean grew up next to the Kruger National …

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This must be one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve come across. This mama dog was abandoned by her abusive owner just before she was supposed to give birth. Forcing her to do so in horrible conditions, endangering both her and her newborn puppies.  Good Samaritans Considered neighbors called the rescuers notifying them about a …

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Have you ever seen a leopard falling asleep? In this incredible video taken by our partner, Matthew Grosset in the Kruger National Park, we get a glimpse of just that! Let’s look at some leopard facts, their sleeping habits, and of course, the video.  First, Some Quick Leopard Facts Scientific Name Panthera pardus Size 110 …

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This beautiful story of an abandoned kitten and an orphaned puppy finding solace in each other warmed my heart! Brought together by chance, this loving friendship between a kitten and a puppy allowed them comfort and safety.  Saved From The Streets The cute ginger kitten named Cheech was born to a stray cat mother. Unfortunately, …

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This wholesome story of Naill Haribson’s life mission to help stray dogs in Thailand will melt your heart. From his daily food drop-offs to feed the street doggos, to the healthcare he helps provide to injured dogs, to the loving homes he helps find them.  Does Thailand Really Have That Many Street Dogs?  There are …

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A mere four months after the senior chihuahua, Twinkle, was adopted from a rescue center her adoptive parents returned her to the shelter. Breaking the poor rescue dog’s heart. Read on to learn why, and to find out where Twinkle is today! Twinkle’s Rescue In 2022, Twinkle was rescued from the streets of Miami, Florida, …

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Africa, filled with beautiful landscapes, incredible wildlife, and diverse cultures is loved by international travelers around the world. Especially by those who have a love for wildlife and want to see these animals thrive in their natural habitats. This makes Africa, and especially South Africa, a great choice for a safari holiday! African Safari’s A …

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Pedigree conducted (excuse the pun) an experiment to see what would happen if dogs wagging their tails conducted an orchestra – and the results are amazing. The music produced allows a glimpse into what it feels like to experience our dog’s emotions. Sit back, and get ready to brighten up your day!  The Process The …

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This heartwarming video shares the story of a neglected rescue puppy becoming a style icon in her foster neighborhood. Let’s have a look at this wonderful turn of events for this adorable pup.  Her Rescue Reese, a one-year-old pup, was rescued by Wags and Walks. Her rescuers were incredibly worried about her condition, as she …

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All cat lovers would have heard of the cat distribution theory, and this video proves it is real! Well, according to me anyway. From never owning a pet to falling in love with a stray kitten, this story of Nala and Caleb will warm your heart.  What Is The Cat Distribution Theory?  Basically, the cat …

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My first reaction hearing about this rescue kitten living on a boat was “Wait, cats and water don’t mix!” Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Join us in learning more about the adventures of this boat cat.  The Rescue A couple who had been sailing and living on a boat came across this tiny …

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In this video we see the maternal instincts of a mama dog kick in to save her puppies from the freezing weather in Mladenovac, Serbia. She asks a man to take her puppies hiding from the cold inside a pipe to warmth and safety, and shows her gratitude in the most heartwarming way!  Maternity Instincts …

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One of our partners, Matthew Grosset, captured this incredible video of the extraordinary climbing abilities of a Leopard in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Not only are leopards beautiful but as we can see, agile as well!  Big Cats If you’ve followed some of my other articles, you know how much I love big …

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In this video captured by Matthew Grossett, one of our partners situated in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, we see two white rhinos and two hyenas interact at a watering hole. The hyenas, predators in the wild, quickly moved away as the rhinos approached them – let’s look into why!  Quick Rhino vs Hyena …

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Bring the tissues! This heart-melting video tells the story of how a stray dog hopped into a family’s car and crawled his way into their hearts.  The Chosen One One evening Lena left her garage door open and saw something sneak past and jump into her car. To her surprise, it was a stray dog …

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No one wanted to send troops into WWI without preparation, luckily the soon-to-be most decorated animal in US Military history was in their mists! It was at the training grounds at Yale University where US soldiers met the stray dog, Stubby. Initially seen as a mascot by the soldiers, he would come to save many …

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In the video, we hear the story of how a cow named Bonnie came to the Farm Sanctuary after she escaped being slaughtered. Join us in exploring this heartwarming story of Bonnie’s rescue.  Bonnie’s Escape Bonnie the cow was from a local farm and as they were herding the cows together to go to the …

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Have you ever wondered what training police and military dogs go through to well, do what they do? In this article, we look at the training these heroes receive at the Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas. Prepare to be impressed!  Where Do These Dogs Come From?  If you think about the expertise these …

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Namibia, one of the countries in southern Africa, is currently in a state of emergency. They are considered the driest country in southern Africa, with an average of only 11 inches of rain per year. Namibia is currently facing another drought, which is affecting both the animals and people in the country.  What Does This …

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This heartwarming video tells the story of Jimba, a dog rescued in Bali, gaining back her health and even finding joy! From the heartbreaking moment she was first discovered under a car to the playful and happy pup she is today.  First Moments Jimba was first found under a car looking like an ancient dog, …

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Watch as Dash, the cutest tiger cub, explores and experiences life for the first time! From opening his eyes to exploring the snow and his first birthday party. The first year of the tiger cub Dash’s life has been captured in this heartwarming video! Seeing the World For the First Time Dash was welcomed to …

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Ever wondered what shark species are swimming around in the waters of North Carolina? Well, I have! Although many more shark species reside or cross through the North Carolina ocean, here is a list of 20 shark species you can find in North Carolina.  1. Great White Shark Great White sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, notorious for …

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Just as I thought baby elephants couldn’t possibly get any cuter, I saw this video of a baby elephant seeing the ocean for the first time. Share our joy through the article!  What is happening here? In the video, we see a baby elephant – cute enough as is – experience a moment of pure …

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I love sharks! And recently I have been wondering: of the hundreds of shark species swimming in our world’s oceans, how many are found in Florida? Well, let’s have a look!  1. Blacktip Sharks Blacktip sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, are known for the spinning leaps they make out of the water while feeding on big schools …

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With fashion week season on the go around the world, it had me wondering – who are considered the most fashionable animals in the US? Although trends and seasons change, people’s opinions differ, and popular culture influences which animals are considered fashionable, here is a list of 30 of the most fashionable, and adorable, animals …

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The Amazon Rainforest has for years been the home of many interesting, and slightly weird, creatures. Let’s have a look at some of these weird animals in the Amazon!  1. Pink Amazon River Dolphin The Pink Amazon River Dolphin, also known as the Boto, probably stands out the most due to its pink coloration – …

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John Varty, also lovingly known as JV, has an incredible connection to animals and wildlife. In fact, he has gone on so many expeditions and adventures that I hardly know where to start this article! Nonetheless, here is an attempt to tell you a little more about who John Varty is.  Track Record Besides having …

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Two rival apex predators, a leopard and a hyena, were caught on camera sharing an impala meal – and a rare moment of peace between the two species.  The Video The rare moment was captured by Christopher Farao in Zambia. Where the two predators share an Impala meal without any drama. A special moment, as …

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When hearing the word fastest, the word tortoise hardly ever springs to mind. Nonetheless, Bertie broke the stereotype and was crowned the world’s fastest tortoise in 2014! To this day he still holds the Guinness World Record. Meet Bertie Bertie is a Leopard Tortoise, who lives in Brasside, Durham, northeast England in the family adventure …

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Enjoy this moment of pure joy where Maruay the tiger floats with his ball!  Blissful Tiger When looking at this video it is hard to believe that all Maruay the tiger knew was a concrete floor and a small cage a mere 18 months ago. Now he is blissfully floating around on a big red …

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If you, like me, were shocked to learn that some chameleons give live birth – this is the article for you! Let’s take a look at four really cool ovoviviparous chameleons, and what being ovoviviparous actually means.    But first, here is a video of a Cape Dwarf Chameleon giving birth: What does ovoviviparous mean?  Ovoviviparous …

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I didn’t know what my life was missing until I came across this adorable, yet fascinating sea slug. The leaf sheep, or leaf slug, is the only non-plant organism in the world with the ability to photosynthesize. How incredible is that!  Some Quick Facts About the Leaf Sheep Scientific Name Costasiella Kuroshimae Size Around 0.4 …

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Recent sightings in North Carolina of alligators chilling in frozen water have everyone talking about these creatures’ magnificent survival tactics. Let’s have a further look at these alligators chilling, and why they can.  In the video we can see the alligators are completely submerged in ice water, except for their snouts – quite eerie.  Cold-blooded …

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Join us in learning more about the AMES Foundation and their fight against Rhino Poaching in South Africa. Who is the AMES Foundation? The AMES (Africa’s Most Endangered Species) Foundation is a German non-profit organization working against the exploitation of African Wildlife. Since they originated in 2020, they have built a global network of guardians …

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The ‘Masters of the Air’ series has everyone looking up at the sky and imagining aerial wonders. It got us thinking about the masters of the air in the animal world. In this article, we will explore some of nature’s aerial wonders.  The Avian Marvels The ‘Masters of the Air’ series introduces planes soaring through …

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Have you ever wondered what is the world’s roundest bird? Well, we have! Meet the Bearded Reedling, a distinctive-looking yet elusive avian species.  Physical Attributes of the Bearded Reedling Despite its name, the Bearded Reedling – also known as the bearded tit – does not have a beard. It rocks a mustache instead! The males, …

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Taylor Swift has skillfully crafted a musical menagerie through her song storytelling. Swift’s lyrics frequently assign symbolic roles to animals, and we have compiled a list of 12 animals that stealthily roam through her songs. 1. Cats Without a doubt, Taylor Swift’s affection for feline friends is extensively documented, found mentioned in songs such as …

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In honor of Confederate Memorial Day, we are paying tribute to the animals that played an integral role during the Civil War. This pivotal time in American history was not just a human endeavor, but a multifaceted saga where animals were indispensable – a fact that is sadly often overlooked. But not anymore!  Here are …

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If someone were to ask me who would win in the fight, a Meerkat Mob vs Cobra, my money would have been on the Cobra. But after watching this surprising video of Meerkats taking on a threatening Cobra I can’t contain my amazement! In the video we can see the Meerkat mob surround the Cobra, …

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