Consider this hypothetical expression,

The staff of a zoo tries to provide animals, a habitat very close to their natural environment.

The world habitat sounds too science text-book like or too business like to me. Could you suggest a more casual alternative?

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    But the rest of the sentence is textbook-like. So "habitat" (which is the idiomatic word for the places that animals in a zoo live in) is the best word. The comma after "animals" should be deleted or replaced with "with".
    – James K
    Commented May 17, 2022 at 4:38

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You can say "home".

As what @James_K has mentioned in the comments, "habitat" is perfectly fine as there is no need for a more "casual" alternative.

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    "Home" is good. "nest" is not idiomatic in this sense. "niche" has more technical meaning than "habitat", so isn't casual.
    – James K
    Commented May 17, 2022 at 4:41
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    No - as I said, the zoo provides the habitat/environment, the mother animal (or both parents) make/build the nest. Commented May 17, 2022 at 9:13

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