Meet Tippi Degré - a French girl who grew up living amidst lion cubs, giraffes, ostriches, and zebras in the African desert. Tippi's parents worked as wildlife photographers and they documented her magical upbringing to allow people from all over the world to see her unusual childhood in Namibia. Click through the images to see Tippi befriending local tribes people as well as crocodiles, mongooses, a giant bullfrog and even her best friend, an old African elephant she named Abu.
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.
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.
Photos by Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert