Prese nted by Brenda Music: African Symphony by Henry Mancini
Riding a five-ton elephant, whom she
called my brother, chilling with a cheetah or
hugging a giant bullfrog as if it were a
The childhood of a French girl Tippi Degre
sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli,
rather than something real.
A white child, she was born in Namibia to
French wildlife photographer parents, and grew
up in Africa .
Tippi spent her whole childhood playing
with wild animals including lion cubs,
a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah,
baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles.
The little girl saw nothing unusual about her
company: I don't have friends here. Because
I never see children. So the animals are my
she once said.
Tippi is now 23 years old, and the only child to
parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, who
published her 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 very lucky little girl she was born
and raised until the age of 10
totally in the wild." said Sylvie.