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Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.

Tippi is now 23 years old, and the only child to wildlife photographer 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.

Love is Love. Tippi Degree - Adorable French girl growing up in Africa with wildlife photographer parents. Read her story here http://www.livehonestly.com/28/post/2011/1/tippi-degre-adorable-french-girl-growing-up-in-africa-with-wildlife-photographer-parents.html#

Follow me: Tippi riding on Abu's neck as he leads his herd in Okavango Swamps, Botswana

The Boy and the Elephant via Edward Grossi, indire.it: During a visit, on 20 November 1958, to a zoo in London, a child thoughtfully embraces the trunk of an old and gentle elephant. http://www.indire.it/cgi-bin/diafindcgi4?dbnpath=/isis3/dati/dia/immag=D-JFVG3E6X=Completo=1_header=/archivi/dia/header.php #Photography #Elephant #Boy