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INTERVIEW: Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson reveals the scariest animal she’s ever encountered while talking about tour

PUBLISHED: 16:14 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 13 March 2017

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Ms Wilkinson presents Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature on CBBC

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a tour where she’ll recall some of her most exciting and adrenalineboosting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world.

The wildlife expert will even introduce the audience to some fierce and frightening animals she has met along the way.

Ms Wilkinson is the presenter of CBBC’s Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature, in which she travels the world to come face-to-face with animals that initially seem weird, dangerous or downright scary.

She is also a regular presenter for BBC1’s Countryfile and was honoured to be a judge for the 2015 Countryfile Photographic Competition.

Speaking to the Kentish Times, Ms Wilkinson says it’s hard to choose a favourite animal she’s encountered.

“Where to begin?” she questions. “I have been so lucky and had so many animal encounters, but I think one of my absolute favourites was swimming with wild atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. If a wild animal ever comes to hand out with you, with no food reward, then that is an enormous privilege.”

Having been in some of the most extreme climates in the world, the TV presenter explains that some of her encounters have been scary too.

“During filming for the last series of Nightmares of Nature we went out on safari in South Africa, at night, to observe a pride of lions. Our jeep had open sides and the lions came a lot closer than I had anticipated. I really thought I was going to become a lion dinner that evening,” she laughed.

Being a children’s presenter, Ms Wilkinson, claims is ‘amazing’.

She said: “I love that no two days are the same. I get to travel to amazing places, meet incredible people and so and see things that I wouldn’t ever have done on my own.

“As a children’s presentr I have woen hundreds of absolutely ridiculous sostumes. Very little embarasses me anymore. I have no pride left. None.”

Wild and Scary will visit Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on April 9.

For tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk, or for more information on Ms Wilkinson’s TV show visit naomiwilkinson.tv.

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