Angel In The Wild: Revisiting The Fascinating Story Of Tippi Degré
Published on Wed, May 15 2013 by Web Master
Born in Africa to French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, Tippi Degré grew up in Namibai under unusual circumstances (at least for a European child). Finding herself without European friends of her age, the little girl developed uncommon bonds with Namibian natives and wild animals including an elephant, a cheetah, a leopard and a snake.
Tippi's parents documented life and her relationships with African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies, making her quite famous. One of such books is Tippi of Africa, a bestselling book published in 1998. According to her mother, Tippi “...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.” Tippi later moved with her parents to Madagascar and then to France, where she currently lives.
Watch extensive footage (audio in French) of Tippi Degré's adventures from 1997 below.