Born in Namibia in 1990 to french wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, Tippi Degré had what could arguably be one of the most-unique childhoods for a French girl. Tippi, a real life version of Rudyard Kipling’s iconic Mogli character, was raised amongst the Bushmen and the Himba tribes people of the Kalahari, from whom she learned how to survive on roots and berries, and to speak their language.

Since leaving Africa, Tippi has returned to France, and is now over 20-years-old and still working with wild animals. Last year, she published a book in which she discusses the need to respect and preserve the animals of the wild, whom she considers her friends. The book features some amazing images of Tippi’s childhood amongst the beasts of the African wilderness, some of which you can see on Empty Kingdom.

Tippi keeps a website, but it hasn’t been updated over over 13 years, so instead, checkout some trailers that we were able to find on YouTube for a french film she made when she was still a kid (the film is in French, but they way Tippi interacts with these animals is worth watching).

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