Mowgli Girl: Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa


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Well, Tippi Degré is not really a Mowgli girl in the sense that her parents – two French photographers – were around while she was growing up. Nevertheless, she was raised in the African savannah and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake.

Tippi was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents and grew up in Africa. She spent her whole childhood playing with wild animals, whom she regarded as her natural companions: “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said.

Tippi is now 29 years old. Her parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre published her childhood photos in a book called Tippi of Africa. “It was magical to be able to be free in this nature with this child. She was a fortunate little girl – she was born and raised until the age of 10 totally in the wild.” said Sylvie.

Now meet Tippi’s best friends.

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