Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

by , 03/14/15

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Tippi’s wild upbringing was documented by her parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. The photo series looks like a real life Jungle Book where one can see the beautiful, deep relationship she had with the wildlife of Africa. Tippi quickly demonstrated an ability to form unusual bonds with the animals, playing and sleeping amidst them without fear.

Related: Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

Instead of playing with dolls, Tippi was out riding ostriches, kissing toads or walking around with her big-eared friend, a 28-year old African elephant. After living in Africa for ten years she went to France with her parents and studied cinema at the renowned Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. She also became a sort of celebrity when her own book Tippi of Africa was published in 1998, but she didn’t feel at ease in the concrete jungle.

So she returned to Africa to meet her old friends again and make some documentaries for the Discovery Channel to raise awareness for the world’s wild creatures.

+ Tippi Degré

Via Messynessy Chic and My Modern Met

Photos by Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert

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  1. Craig Schaffer April 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    sound like Pippi :)

  2. Cory Ekern December 31, 2014 at 1:12 am

    This girl looks like she’s the same age in all of the photos. To actually grow up, the girl must AGE appropriately in each of the photos, and she does not (age appropriately).

    Nice try at passing this off in that way, though (OK, yeah… that was me being snarky, but you deserve it)!

  3. Eric Nicolas Schneider October 25, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Totally not like Tippi, these are all domesticated, Tippi\\\’s were wild or semi-wild.

  4. pamyanne June 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I remember seeing Tippi years ago on television documentaries and was fascinated by her lifestyle. She always looked like a little tomboy to me but I envied her lifestyle.

  5. Carmen Cancel June 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    A movie begs to be made of this child\\\’s life.

  6. Niky Itsy Bitsy May 18, 2014 at 9:33 am


  7. Ana Lisa Alperovich May 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I completely agree!.. Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke is not that far from a Tarzan-girl :)

  8. Gary Bridger May 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    been many films made with jungle boy, be nice to have one with jungle girl now. Tarzan. girl

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