The Girl Who Embraced Wildlife

Growing up in a jungle amongst wild animals is something we have heard about only in stories and seen in movies. But, who knew that these stories would actually become a reality one day in the form of a French girl named Tippi Degre. Her “brother” was an elephant, her best friend a leopard and her playground the African bush.

Tippi Degré riding an elephant: The real-life Mowgli who grew up with Africa's wild animals

Tippi enjoys the ultimate school run Photo: SYLVIE ROBERT / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1990, Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre was named after Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Hitchcok’s ‘The Birds’.

Living with her French parents, wildlife photographers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, the three of them travelled extensively through Africa on a unique and incredible adventure.

Tippi Degré with local tribesmen:The real-life Mowgli who grew up with Africa's wild animals

Playtime: Tippi Degré with local tribesmen Photo: SYLVIE ROBERT / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

“It was magical to be ale to be free in this nature with this child,” explains Sylvie, Tippi’s mother. “She was a very lucky little girl – she was born and raised until the age of ten totally in the wild. It was just the three of us living in the wild with the animals and not too many humans.”

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

She was named after Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Hitchcok’s ‘The Birds’. She has even been labelled as the “Real Life Mowgli”.

Tippi was born to Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert who worked as wildlife photographers in Namibia. During their stay at Namibia, Tippi befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, crocodiles, lion cubs, giraffes, a Northern Greater Galago, a Banded Mongoose, an Ostrich, meerkats, a baby zebra, a cheetah, a Caracal, a snake, an African Grey Parrot, giant bullfrogs and chameleons. She also befriended the Bushmen and the people belonging to the Himba tribe. They taught her how to survive on roots and berries and to speak their language.

Take a look at these wonderful photographs of Tippi, how she raised up with animals, really inspiring…

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA(TAKEN FROM)

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

Photo courtesy : SYLVIE ROBERT / ALAIN DERGE / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

It was magical to be able to be free in this nature with this child”, explains Sylvie. “She was a very lucky little girl – she was born and raised until the age of ten totally in the wild. It was just the three of us living in the wild with the animals and not too many humans.” Living with her wildlife photographer parents, the three of them travelled extensively through Africa on a unique and incredible adventure. “Tippi always said that everybody was gifted and this was her gift,” explains Sylvie. “She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions. She had no fear. She did not realize she was not the same size as Abu the elephant. She would look into its eyes and speak to him.

Tippi later moved with her mother to France. A book describing her adventurous life called TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA was later published and translated in different languages. My Book of Africa is a bestselling novel of Tippi’s adventurous life in Namibia. She even set up a website and made a visit to Africa to film six nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel.

Courtesy: TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA,KIM WILSHER]

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