Tippi Degre had a unique childhood growing up with wild animals such as elephants, snakes, cheetahs, and zebras.
Imagine being woken up by the feral noises of the Serengeti every morning, being best friends with some of the most majestic creatures on the planet, and knowing no other world than one in which animals and humans peacefully co-exist.
It sounds like a fairy tale (or a great story to relay to grandkids), but it is exactly the type of life Tippi Degre, a young girl raised in the bush while her parents worked as wildlife photographers and filmmakers, experienced.
It is fair to say that Tippi was gifted one extraordinary childhood. Before she was born, her French parents relocated to Namibia, Africa. There they raised their young daughter to thrive in nature and peacefully co-exist with wild animals such as zebras, elephants, cheetahs, and lions.
Instead of playing with Barbies and makeup, the young girl spent her time foraging in the brush with Bushmen, kissing toads, and riding on the backs and trunks of elephants.
And the wonderful photos below capture only some of the magic from Tippi’s exteriordinary childhood:
Her parents may be French, but Tippi is – in heart and spirit – African.
Living in Paris, France, the life she now lives no doubt significantly differs from the one she once knew living raw and uninhibited in the wild. But her ten years in Africa gifted her insights she desires to share with the world, and that is exactly what she will do.
If you’re interested in seeing more from Tippi’s one of a kind childhood, she has published a book available for purchase here.
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(Note: The legitimacy of these animals being ‘truly wild’ or somewhat/heavily domesticated is unknown. This is not being shared as inspiration for parents to travel to a foreign location and attempt to capture exotic pictures with their young children.)
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