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The Wild Life of Tippi Degré: One Girls Story of Being Raised Amongst the Animals

Welcome to the incredibly wild and captivating world of Tippi Degré; the little French girl who was raised in the rolling plains of the African Savanna. As you can see, Tippi is just as comfortable chilling with the cheetahs as she is riding the trunk of a five-ton elephant named Abu. Naturally, she also considers Abu her big brother. Oh, and her best friend is a leopard.

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Image: Tippi My Book of Africa

Tippi Degré has often been labeled the real-life Mowgli – wild child of The Jungle Book. And we can see why. For the first 10 years of her life, she spent her childhood in Nambia, roaming in the sun-baked wilderness with no one but her parents, the local tribespeople and wild creatures as her teddy bears. Now she is older, she wrote a book about her life. So let’s delve into her unique, magical and magnificent story.

An Unconventional Childhood

From the moment Tippi Degré stepped foot into the earth, she was destined to have an unconventional childhood. Tippi was born on 4th June 1990 in Windhoek, Nambia, in Southern Africa. Her parents, Sylvie Robert and Alan Degré were French wildlife photographers and filmmakers. This meant they were used to spending time roaming around in the wild too, to get the perfect shot.

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During her childhood, Tippi had the chance to explore the outback. In fact, Africa became her playground. She was raised by her parents but had the chance to get to know her surroundings and local tribes. While she had an amazing affinity with every person she encountered, Tippi developed a special bond with almost every animal she stumbled on too. This made her story even more awe-inspiring to the world.

Her Mysterious Story

Tippi was raised in this unconventional setting for most of her childhood, hidden away from the outside world. So, when she was older, many people were intrigued about almost every aspect of her life. In fact, her story opened up so many more questions. This was especially after Tippi was pictured fearlessly chilling with wild elephants, leopards, and tribespeople.

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So Tippi later decided to unravel the mystery behind her experiences and wrote a book. Her parents were also happy to reveal more details about living in the wild too and about Tippi’s childhood in interviews. So since she had her time in the spotlight, Tippi took the opportunity to clear a few things up. One of these was the meaning behind her unusual name.

Her Unique Name

Tippi admitted that many people were curious about her name. It was a little mysterious and unusual. Some might have assumed it was an indigenous name. She later recalled how she was asked time and time again if she was named after an Indian teepee too.

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To clear things up, she revealed that her parents actually named her after the American actress Tippi Hendren, who was best known for her role in the iconic Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. Still, we were hoping for more mystery and drama. So we were glad to discover that she also had another name, which is a little more in tune with her African heritage.

Her Tribal Name

Tippi revealed that she also had another name. Her full name is Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre, and Okanti is a tribal name. This meant “mongoose” in the Ovambo language of a native Namibian tribe. She did realize that it might seem to outsiders a little strange for her parents to call her after a Mongoose. Yet this was just another layer to her unconventional life.

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Since we’re on the subject of the local tribes, we have to talk about Tippi’s tribal connection. She grew up surrounded by the San Bushmen and the Himbas tribes, in Nambia, and it seemed like they welcomed her and her parents with open arms. But we’ll get to that part that later…

A Unique Decision

Understandably, many might have questioned Sylvie’s decision to allow her daughter Tippi to have such a unique upbringing. Rather than raising Tippi in a conventional setting, around children her age in a mainstream school; she was pretty much raised in the African wilderness.

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Actually, her mother has absolutely no regrets about her unique decision. She later exclaimed how “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. It was just the three of us living in the wild with the animals.” She added how there were not too many humans in her childhood. This would also influence on Tippi’s life later on.

An Instant Bond

From the moment she entered the world, Tippi joined her parents on a unique and magical adventure. Since her parents were wildlife photographers, this meant they spent most of their time traveling extensively throughout Africa. Still, most young children would be frightened of wild or ferocious creatures, which towered them her in size.

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Tippi, however, seemed completely comfortable in her own skin and made instant connections. She even rode ostriches! She was able to connect and integrate with these enormous animals as though they were her childhood pals. Sylvie felt Tippi “was in the mindset of these animals” and “believed the animals were her size and her friends.”

A Wild Imagination

It’s clear that Tippi had a very unique and special way of looking at the world. This only made her story even more captivating for outsiders. Sylvie divulged how “Tippi was using her imagination to live in these different conditions.” She would make friends with meerkats how other children would befriend kittens.

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With her childlike innocence and unfaltering imagination, Tippi wasn’t confined by convention. She was free to really let herself run wild and navigate the world her way. In fact, she was fearless. She trusted animals because this was the only way she knew. She instantly became best friends with the smallest, to the most “ferocious beasts.”

Making New Friends

Since her parents were both wildlife photographers, this meant Tippi’s first memories and encounters were with creatures from the animal kingdom. From a young age, she started forming connections and bonds with animals. She got closer than most humans would to creatures. She also had more trust than most would. She later said, “I don’t have friends. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”

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There was one giant animal in particular that captured Tippi’s affections more than most. That magnificent animal was none other than Abu the elephant. Tippi met Abu when she was one and a half. Sylvie recalled how she didn’t really discern the difference between her size and the size of an elephant. Since Tippi was also fearless and had this special connection, she instinctively trusted Abu and would “look into his eyes and speak to him.”

Living The Wild Life

For most infants, their greatest fears and worries in life are about losing their favorite toy or ensuring their siblings don’t steal their bottles of milk. For Tippi, however, she had a whole different set of issues. She had to rely on her natural instincts from day one. You see, she spent most of her infancy hoping that no wild animals would steal her bottle when she wasn’t looking.

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It seems like Tippi also developed a special connection on a deeper level with these animals. It was almost like she could sense their emotions too. Silvie recalled how on numerous occasions when Tippi was a young girl, she would call her over. She would then “point to an elephant eating from a palm tree and say ‘mummy, be quiet, we’re going to frighten him.’”

Born To Be Free

Perhaps it was being forced to rely on her instincts from birth, or that she was just very advanced for her age, but Tippi was walking earlier than other babies. Most babies would be crawling on all fours at 10 months old, but Tippi had started walking already. She was really born free, and now she was free to roam as much as her heart desired.

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In some ways, Tippi was forced to adapt to her surroundings. She also adopted some of the habits of the locals. Instead of playing with computer games like most kids her age, she could be seen running around with a bow and arrow. From the outside glare, she was really living the life of adventure, much like the hero Mowgli of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Big Feline Love

When Tippi was small, she made a few feline friends, and could often be spotted adventuring with lion cubs, cheetahs, and leopards. She was particularly close to a leopard named J&B. The unlikely pair had a special bond, and her parents took many incredible pictures to capture the heartwarming and special moments between the duo.

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Although the leopard had been raised by people and hand-fed by a local farmer, J&B hadn’t been properly tamed. This meant that he was always calm around Tippi. However, he didn’t lose its natural instincts. One day, J&B tried to attack another child. Still, Tippi fearlessly walked up to J&B and told it to stop. Amazingly, the leopard listened to her and ran away.

A Little Caution

Although Tippi relied on her instincts and was very trusting and connected with these “ferocious” creatures, sometimes her parents had to step in. Her parents were usually more than happy to allow Tippi to roam free with nature. However, there were a few incidents they had to use their best judgments to check that she wasn’t unknowingly stumbling into danger.

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Tippi had also befriended a small lion cub named Mufasa when she was small. A year later, Tippi and her family traveled back to see him. However, now he wasn’t so cuddly and cute anymore. He was a large cat, and as she went to rub him, he almost knocked her over with his tail. After this, her parents decided to keep Mufasa away from her.

No Regrets

Despite the dangers of living in the African wilderness and meeting the occasional ferocious beast, Tippi’s parents have no regrets about their decision. Sylvie said, “For me, it was incredible to think you offer all of this to a child.”

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Sylvie and her husband were so confident about their decision because they had both lived their lives on the edge too. Silvie revealed that she and her husband had both roamed with the “meerkats in the Kalahari desert for six years before Tippi was born.” Sylvie, therefore, believed it was a “fantastic” life for a child, rather than living in the city for example.

A Childhood of Dreams

Sylvie did have a pretty good point. She had chosen a lifestyle that allowed her daughter Tippi to ride an ostrich. Not many children can add this to their bucket list before the age of 10. Although many wild ostriches are used to running away from humans, luckily the family stumbled on a tamed flightless bird.

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This magnificent ostrich had been tamed by a local farmer, and her name was Linda. Even though she was tamed, not all animals are so trusting of humans either. It seems like Tippi just developed a special affinity with every animal she encountered. The giant bird and Tippi both look as comfortable as they are carefree. Tippi was at one with nature, and nature was at one with her.

Tippi’s Unique Gift

Many people have remarked about Tippi’s ability to make such a unique and unusual bond with animals. Some even called her the animal whisperer. Not everyone can patiently wait while a chameleon sits perched on your head. Still, not everyone thinks the same way as Tippi about the wonderful creatures of the world. She ended up calling the chameleon Leon.

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Her mother explained that one of the reasons why Tippi was so tranquil in nature and developed such a unique bond was due to the fact that “Tippi always said that everybody was gifted.” She added how “this was her gift.” Tippi had a unique way of being able to interact with animals of all sizes and varieties.

She Loved Every Species

Since Tippi had her own special way of instilling trust in the hearts of animals, this allowed her to communicate and bond with many different creatures. Since her parents were photographers, they took some incredible photos of Tippi and sharing special moments with each cute, wild or curious creature along the way.

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Tippi had a childlike fascination with each species and seems just as calm and collected holding a baby reptile as she was chilling with a lion. She had a special respect for them. It seems like the animals also sensed the love and respect she held towards them too. The magnificent photos are proof of that.

She Fed The Zebras

Most people only get the chance to see a real-life zebra from the confines of a zoo or in the distance in the safari. Tippi had the chance to get up close and personal to the world’s most majestic animals. She even fed the zebras. And they both look just as excited about the whole experience as each other.

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At any zoo or safari park, there are a set of rules that everyone must abide by. They specifically say, “don’t feed the animals.” However, Tippi had her own set of rules, and they seem to work like magic for her. She already had the ability to form an instant connection with these animals. And what better way to bond with any species than over food, or in this case, milk.

Tippi’s Code of Trust

Tippi seemed more than happy to throw caution to the wind, and not follow the rules. As a testament to her bravery, she would even hold a python or snake without fear. We suppose this the same way other children would hold a pet rabbit. From the outside, it does look like she was fearlessly trusting and connecting with every species. Surprisingly she did have a certain code to abide by too.

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Actually, this special code was inspired by her parents. While Tippi never showed any fear of these animals, her parents taught her from a young age that she couldn’t afford to blindly trust a wild animal. This was especially because wild animals didn’t have the same moral code as her. So Tippi’s only rule was to never to fear any animal, but to always be on guard.

Monkeying Around

Her code seemed to work like a treat. She relied on her instincts and counted the monkeys and baboons as some of her best friends. Making friends with animals just came naturally to her, in the same way as other children naturally make friends in kindergarten. These friendships gave her the chance to have magical experiences that most children could only dream about.

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Tippi’s unique gift gave her access to some of the most unique encounters. Tippi could often be spotted monkeying around in the trees. Thankfully, and her parents were always there waiting on the sidelines, ready to capture these heartwarming moments.

An Animal Education

While Tippi spent her childhood traveling through the African bush, this meant she didn’t have the opportunity to have a conventional school education. However, she had the incredible chance to be home-schooled by her parents. And what better way to learn some of life’s most important lessons than by learning from the members of the animal kingdom.

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Tippi’s parents tapped into their own knowledge to provide her with a good education. They could also tap into the advantage of living in the wild to teach the essential life lessons she needed to know. Instead of spending her days in the classroom, learning theories, Tippi had the chance to learn multiple lessons from animals and their behavior. She could learn about patience, determination, trust, and danger from every encounter.

Nap Time

Most kids can’t fall asleep until they are tucked up tightly with their favorite teddy bear. But Tippi’s best friend was a leopard. Since she wasn’t afraid of hanging out with her feline friends in the day, this meant she could take nap time to a whole new level. Tippi was often pictured by her parents curling up in a ball and enjoying her naptime sessions with lion cub and leopards.

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In this majestic photo, she even curled up to snuggle with a caracal cub. Tippi had the ability to inspire calm in every situation. In some cases, she could even make these wild animals defy nature and their natural instincts. So naptime with this pair only seemed natural. They both look just as happy to snuggle together all night.

She Traveled Far and Wide

During her childhood, Tippi didn’t just stay in Nambia the whole time. She had the unique opportunity to cross borders and travel extensively throughout Africa. Hot on the trail of her parent’s exciting filming careers, Tippi went along for the ride every step of the way.

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In one unforgettable trip, Tippi ventured with her parents to the Sea Bird islands, just off the coast of South Africa. The island is a well-known breeding spot for coastal birds and had plenty of photo-worthy opportunities. Still, the best shot of all was the one of Tippi here, at age 6 with her arms extended, looking just like part of the flock.

Riding On Top of The World

When Tippi wasn’t monkeying around, napping with cubs or hanging with the birds, she could be found riding elephants, especially her “brother” Abu. She first met the 34-year-old elephant in the Okavango swamps in Botswana. We know we’ve already talked about their size, but African elephants can grow up to 8.2-13 feet tall. This means Tippi literally spent her days riding on top of the world.

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Some people object to riding elephants as a tourist attraction. However, for Tippi, she just saw herself as part of the herd. She rode these giant animals with grace like they were her family. She had an innate connection to them, even riding their trunks and bathing with the herd. It’s clear that the elephants welcomed her into their family too.

Part of the Tribe

Tippi spent most of her childhood with members of the animal kingdom, she also encountered many local tribes on her travels. And we’re glad to hear that she was a big hit with these tribes from day one. Her mother Sylvie explained how, “When we came to a village with African children, within two minutes Tippi was the clown and people found her so cute.”

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Many adults welcomed Tippi into their tribe as they thought she was adorable, and many children were also just as taken with her too. Sylvie was blown away at how many local children instantly bonded and accepted Tippi. One of the ways they showed their affection was by playing with her hair. It must have been a culture shock later in life when she eventually left Africa.

Her Tribal Wardrobe

After spending her childhood in nature and around the local tribespeople, in some ways, Tippi started to look just like part. Before long, she even began to dress the part. Just like the hero from The Jungle Book, Tippi could often be pictured roaming around in just a loincloth or wearing minimal clothing. She hardly wore shoes. This minimalist style also enabled her to keep cool in the sun-baked climate.

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Tippi encountered more local tribes on her adventures. In this striking photo, one tribesman is honoring her by dressing her in their traditional dress. We’re sure it must have been difficult for her to transition into less exciting clothes like jeans, shirts, and shoes, later in life.

A Real-Life Survivor

Tippi was not only accepted by many local bushmen and tribespeople. Some of them even taught her a few lessons on survival. Others even taught her how to act as part of the tribe. One of the tribes that Tippi befriended was the San Bushman clan, who reside in northern Nambia.

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In this photo, Tkui, of the San Bushman tribe taught Tippi how to use a bow and arrow. She even learned how to be a real-life survivor by only eating roots and berries. Before long, Tippi even began to speak their language. Her mother later recalled how “When we filmed the San Bushmen of northern Nambia we would let Tippi spend the day with the group without us, until she would fall asleep among the kids.”

Sensitive To Danger

Since Tippi had an unconventional childhood, this meant she was exposed to more dangers than most children of the same age. For children growing up in urban environments, their most typical dangers are crossing the street. However, Tippi grew up in the wilderness. She had to rely on her instincts to survive and learn to protect herself against wild beasts.

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When some pictures emerged from Tippi’s childhood, understandably, they might have looked a little questionable to outsiders. In this photo, Tippi is holding a large knife like it’s her barbie doll. While the reasoning behind this picture hasn’t been properly explained, we’re sure the fact that her parents took this photo shows that they trusted Tippi to know right from wrong and sense that some objects are dangerous, so to handle them right.

Going Public

For the first 10 years of Tippi’s life, Tippi was fortunate enough to be free. She could run wild with her imagination and roam fearlessly across the wilderness. She was living a life of adventure. Although she was free, Tippie was pretty much hidden from the outside world. However, when she was 10 years old, her parents made the momentous decision to leave their memories in Africa, and return to France.

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Her parents had some sensational photos of Tippi, fearlessly riding around on ostriches and hanging with leopards. Soon enough, everyone they met was captivated by their story and was waiting with bated breath to know every detail about her adventurous life.

Tippi’s Book of Africa

Since so many people were enthralled, and her parents had spent 10 years capturing so many magical moments in the wild. So the family decided to compile a book to showcase these powerful and compelling photos of Tippi. At the age of 10 Tippi became the author of a prized novel, Tippi My Book of Africa.

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Many people were captivated by her gift and ability to reach out and touch so many people and animals in Africa. For the first time, Tippi could also give the world an insight into her special world. She explained how she speaks to animals “with my mind, or through my eyes, my heart or my soul, and I see that they understand and answer me.”

A New Type of Jungle

After the book was released, it soon became a bestseller and Tippi’s parents’ magical photographs of Tippi became world-famous. She was plunged into the limelight and became an international media sensation. Far from satisfied, this only made everyone more intrigued and curious for more. So Tippi agreed to return to Africa a few more times.

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In the meantime, Tippi had also moved to Paris with her parents. She soon found herself having to navigate a brand new world. What’s more, she missed Africa. Having the chance to return to Africa made her realize that Africa will also hold a special place in her heart too. So, Tippi was faced with a momentous crossroads in her life.

A Whole New World

To understand this crossroads, let’s get back to Tippi’s experiences after she moved to Paris. Understandably, she was now faced with a totally new kind of jungle, the concrete jungle. Since her family settled and released their book, the news had also spread further about their story. So Tippi had shot to fame as a local celebrity.

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Tippi was also faced with a culture shock in almost every way. For the first time in her life, she had to enter the real world. She had to adjust to life in the city. After spending 10 years roaming free with the African jungle as her playground, she found it tough. She had to live within the confines of a small apartment, with barely any room for a cat, let alone an elephant or a tiger.

Big City Life

For Tippi, the struggle was real. And the first two years were especially difficult, as her parents had enrolled her into a public school in Paris. Tippi had spent most of her life being best friends with leopards, ostriches, and tribespeople rather than children her age. So, while most kids find school challenging, public school was a whole other level for her.

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Tippi had always had a natural gift to form connections with animals and tribespeople. She had so many unique experiences and encounters in her life. But she said that “in the city, everything seems artificial”, and having to interact with school children her age would prove to be her greatest challenge to date.

A Clash of Cultures

Tippi spent her childhood running around in loincloths and tribal wear.
She grew up hugging bullfrogs. What’s more, Tippi knew how to fire a bow and arrow. She also loved walking around carrying a suitcase made from trees. To top it all, she wasn’t afraid to kiss slimy reptiles, nap with lion cubs, or ride ostriches. We can only imagine how this went down in the classroom.

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Most Parisian girls her age would have grown up playing with dolls and teddy bears and wearing pretty dresses. They would also carry pretty purses that weren’t made from wood. Tippi loved every second of her childhood, but it was hard to find things in common with her new school pals. So her parents made the decision to help ease the transition by allowing her to be home-schooled.

She Left Her Heart in Africa

Although Tippi had physically moved to Paris, she still left her heart in Africa. She was stuck in “cross culture-limbo.” She still missed the animals, so her parents bought her a budgie, and “it would go everywhere with her.” Still, for Tippi, she couldn’t let go of the memories. When she turned 12, the interest in her story hadn’t faded either. In one interview, while hanging upside down from the beams of her flat like a monkey, she said, “I miss Africa – that’s my home.”

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At the time, she felt she had no choice but to sit contently and watch the TV. However, thankfully for Tippi, her luck soon changed. Since there was still a buzz around her story, she was invited to return to Africa. This time, it would be to film a documentary, Le Monde Selon Tippi (The World According to Tippi). She would discuss her unique childhood spent in Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.

Re-Discovering Africa

After this, Tippi had the chance to return to Africa once again to film more documentaries for the Discovery Channel. Tippi loved the opportunity to be back in her comfort zone, surrounded by the animals that she knew and loved. She could also re-discover Africa all over again. In 2004, Around the World with Tippi premiered. As part of the series, Tippi featured in six wildlife and environmental TV documentaries.

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Tippi’s mother, Sylvie recalls how this was a “wonderful experience” for her to be able to spend so much time in a place that was so special to her. Thankfully, Tippi agreed and exclaimed, “It was great to see the elephants and the lions.” However, she still found the experience challenging, because of one thing.

Growing up in Front of the Lens

You see, while Tippi was grateful for the experience, she said, “it would have been better if it hadn’t always been in front of the camera.” The reason for this was that at the time, “it was hard work, it was difficult, it was hot and I was not happy all the time. I was worn out at the end of it.”

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Thankfully, Tippi soon grew out of her camera shyness. She returned to Africa once again when she was 16 to film another short video. This time, she didn’t just want to explore the wild. She revealed that “the reason I did the films and will do more is to show that we have to do something about saving the animals and the planet before it’s too late … I don’t want to be famous. I just want to be normal.” She also wanted to “bridge two completely different cultures.”

An African Ambassador

While Tippi had declared that she wanted to be “normal” and didn’t want to be “famous,” she did nonetheless want to use her newfound fame for a greater cause. When she was 10 years old, Tippi and her parents helped create a website for her. Back then, she had explained, “My name is Tippi. I am African and I was born 10 years ago in Namibia.”

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It’s clear that Tippi had an affinity with Africa, but her mother then explained it was a little deeper than that. Even though she had moved to Paris, “Tippi believes she is African.” She also hoped to apply for a Namibian passport. Sylvie also revealed that “She wants to become an ambassador for Namibia. It is like Mowgli’s story, but Tippi’s is true.”

The Tame Truth

As Tippi’s profile started to spread, and everyone had seen the pictures of her chilling with some of the most ferocious beasts in the animal kingdom; there was still one more burning question that needed answering. In every interview, people wondered how did Tippi manage to get so close to these animals? So her parents took the opportunity to clear the whole thing up.

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Tippi’s mother revealed that in fact, many of the animals had been tamed. She disclosed how, “In the arid regions of Southern Africa… farmers often keep orphan animals and raise them in their house. Sometimes they are tame or used to humans and so this is how Tippi was able to be so close with them.” She also explained that Abu the elephant was a veteran circus performer, and Linda the ostrich had previously lived on an ostrich farm.

Following in Their Footsteps

During her teens, Tippi had lived a dual life. She was still adjusting to her life in Paris, and had the incredible chance to spend time in Africa. This meant she could continue to explore the wild and raise awareness of conservation issues. Eventually, she felt confident enough with her new life in Paris and returned to public school once again. When she was studying for her degree, the time had come to pick a career path.

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For Tippi, it was a natural choice. She had grown up in front of the lens with parents who were photographers. Although she now lived in Paris, she loved the opportunity to film documentaries in Africa. So she decided to pursue her passions. Eventually, she enrolled at La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris to study film.

The Sky’s the Limit

Once Tippi had completed her degree, it opened a whole new world for her. The sky really was the limit to achieve greatness. On Tippi’s social media profile, she quotes Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” With a film degree under her belt, Tippi had the opportunity to promote her causes. She would also be able to return to Africa as much as her heart desired.

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Plus, Tippi now had the opportunity to get involved in more conservation and sustainability projects. Her list of accolades is now pretty impressive. She has been involved in the AWA- World Center of Education for Awareness and Sustainability. She was also appointed the Godmother of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

A Film Career

Tippi also embarked on her blossoming film career. She once said that she considers herself to be “civilized by obligation” but “I really want to be able to reconnect with nature and the little girl that I was, to reconnect with my deepest being.” So as she started filming more documentaries, and it sent her on a whole new journey. She had the chance to connect with nature again, rediscover herself and Africa, where she left her heart.

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Before long, Tippi became active in the documentary film industry, and in the world of environmental conservation. She later was elected as the director of the leader and juror of El Petit FICMA. The organization produces short films for the “children’s section of the FICMA International Environmental Film Festival.”

A Spokesperson

As Tippi gained more and more exposure and experience both in front and behind the lens, she soon got over her camera shyness. She had also developed a passion for conservation and environmental projects. So Tippi became a spokesperson for various causes and organizations.

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On her Instagram account, Tippi describes herself as an Ambassador and Speaker for the Human-Animal bond. Through her work at organizations like FIMCA, she hopes the platform will enable her to “pass on to the children the vision of the world” the experiences that “I was given to enjoy as a child born free to run in the wild, next to my kin, the animals.”

Going Back into the Wild

Tippi’s career has also enabled her to continue to live the life of adventure. Since she wasn’t confined by convention in a regular desk job, Tippi was free to take on any projects that she loved. Sure enough, she had plenty of opportunities to venture back in the wild.

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When Tippi was offered the chance to supervise the care of tigers in Fort Boyard off the coast of France; she grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The area is the stage for a popular international game show, and Tippi took every chance she could to connect with animals again. This is especially since “she put on the same level as human beings.”

What’s Next

During her short time on this earth, Tippi really already made her mark and ensured her presence was felt. Tippi has stared her fears straight in the face, made friends with wild animals and tribespeople, adjusted to a new life in the city. Inspired by her parents and nature, she studied film and has grown into an incredible young woman.

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Tippi then embarked on a blossoming film career and became a spokesperson and ambassador for conservation and wildlife projects. In fact, she has already achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. We have to question, what’s next for this wild child?

A New Journey

For Tippi, the world really is her oyster. With her freelance filming career, she can continue to be free to do what she loves. This means she can pick and choose and take on important projects that she feels deeply connected to. She also tends to select projects that are aligned with her environmental causes too.

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For Tippi, her life seems to have come full circle. While she was part of the herd when she was a child, she was very close to Abu the elephant, who she considered her brother. So, now she is an adult, she had the chance to take on her latest filming project, titled, A Journey into The Bush. She describes it as a film inspired by elephants. Of course, the project took Tippi on a whole new wild adventure.