IF you’ve ever read or seen The Jungle Book and fantasized what it might be like to have all those animal friends like Mowgli, then you will love this collection from a real life version of the story in Africa. As the daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, Tippi Degré grew up fearless of animals, as she was surrounded by many. Born in Namibia, her parents were in the Kalahari for 7 years filming and photographing meerkats and also beautifully documented Tippi’s childhood. As a young girl, she is recorded saying, “I don’t have friends here because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”
Tippi’s parents have turned these treasured moments into children’s books and movies, making the now 20 year old famous for her ability to look right into the eyes of animals that many would fear. Her mother said, “She 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.” Enjoy the photos and trailer from the Gap to Africa documentary below, then consider purchasing Tippi: My Book of Africa on Amazon. What an amazingly beautiful way to grow up!