People all over the world view this article on Tippi. It’s the most viewed page on my website since I posted it. I can only guess that the attraction to this story aside from the beautiful photos that her parents took, leave many in awe because being close to wild animals is a desire held in the hearts of most humans. I’ve seen blog posts that criticize the parents and challenge the authenticity of the photos. I don’t know why some people are so ever ready to judge others. If you read about Tippi from interviews and read what her mother has said about their time in Africa, you will find that Tippi was not put in danger.Enjoy the photos and story. Please drop me a comment at the bottom and tell me your thoughts.
Her “brother” was an elephant, her best friend a leopard and her playground the African bush.Now Tippi’s new book, ‘Tippi: My Book of Africa’, showcases the magical images that have led to comparisons with Rudyard Kipling’s young hero in The Jungle Book.
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.
“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.”
“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.”