“I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.” – Tippi Degré
The daughter of French wildlife photographers, Tippi’s wild bunch of friends included elephants, giraffes, croccodiles, chamelons, bullfrogs, a zebra and an ostrich named Linda.
Tippi considered Abu, a 28-year-old African elephant, one of her closest friends. “She had no fear,” says Tippi’s mom. She did not realize she was not the same size as Abu the elephant. She would look into its eyes and speak to him.”
In Namibia where she grew up, the bushmen of the Kalahari took Tippi under their wing and taught her how to survive in the wild.
After spending 10 years in Africa, Tippi’s parents took her back to France, where she published her own bestselling book, Tippi of Africa. But (no surprise here), the concrete jungle was not for her. She eventually returned to Africa where she made six documentaries for The Discovery Channel. Having studied cinema at la Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, she has also supervised tigers in France for a popular international game show.
Last week, Tippi turned 24. We don’t know much about her life now as she prefers to stay out of the limelight. So we can only imagine this amazing wild child continues to work and live with animals… at least we like to think so.
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