Tippi Degre, is truly a 'real wild child' having grown up among untamed animals in the African wilderness. Tippi was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents, Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. Tippi spent her childhood playing with wild animals including lion cubs, a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah, baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles.

She also befriended the Bushmen and the Himba tribe people of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries and to speak their language. Tippi later moved with her parents to Madagascar and then to France, where she became a celebrity. A book of her adventures, "Tippi of Africa" was published and translated in several languages. In Paris, Tippi attended a local state school for the first two years, but was then homeschooled because she was found to have little in common with the other children in Paris.

Here is a short trailer from an upcoming documentary film titled, "Tippi : Bridging the Gap to Africa" ...




Here are some pictures of Tippi while she was growing up in Africa along with other older wild animals who seem to be quite comfortable around her ... Some really powerful, thought provoking images which should make us more sensitive towards animals and help us reconnect with our Earth family.









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