Tippi Degré – The Wildest Girl

Tippi Degré is a girl who was born in Namibia, and has a special bond with animals. Her parents, Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, worked as freelance wildlife photographers in Namibia. During her stay in Namibia, she befriended wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, crocodiles, lion cubs, giraffes, giant bullfrogs and chameleons. She also befriended the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, and to speak their language.

Tippi later moved with her parents to Madagascar and then to France. A book of her adventures, Tippi of Africa was published and translated in several languages. She also set up a website, and returned to Africa to make six nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel. In Paris, Tippi attended a local state school for the first two years, but is now homeschooled because she was found to have little in common with the other children in Paris. (wikipedia)

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12 Responses to “ Tippi Degré – The Wildest Girl ”

  1. “found to have little in common with the children in Paris.”

    HAHA! Ya think?

    Its hard not to be really amazed at this photography. Have there been any big biographies on her? its something that would be fascinating to watch, especially in light of Steve Irwin’s death. I would be curious to see what she has to say about that.

    Thanks for posting this.


  2. Not sure if this goes to Tippi. If so I wanted to tell you I saw a documentary film of your life in Africa about 6-8 years ago nad never forgotten your name. I don’t know why I never tried to google your name until today. I have just seen a documentary of white lions in Africa and the Masai Mara. This suddenly reminded of you.
    On that old documentary I was amazed to see you befriending with so many animals. I was mostly jealous of your “feeling” with wild big cats.
    I think I must have a lived another life and I was in Africa myself surrounded by this amazing creaures. In this life I have never seen a lion or tiger or leopard for real but if I close my eyes and picture them in my mind, through my hands I can feel them and I can smell them. My big dream is to go to a natural reserve either in Africa or to Zion Wildlife Gardens in NZ and talk to these icredible “brothers”. I could see myself through you. I thank you for this.
    I was also jealous for the fact that you could speak the bushmen language.
    I am looking forward to hear and see more of you and the big cats.

    Tippi when I say I was jealous I mean I wish I was you.

    Ciao or should I say Jambo. XXX


    Maccazhi Reply:

    i just wanna know how about you now ?have ever went to africa?
    as well as i want to know how about tippi now?she‘s 21 old almost?


  3. And If she Was Black?…………


  4. I’ve only just come across this Tippi. She is now 20 years old – wow – I’d like to know if she is still involved in wildlife and if she visits AFrica. I myself am from Africa, South Africa, and though the southern parts of Africa may be more built up and have their cities, we still have big open african sky, we still have huge nature reserves and I absolutely love getting away into the bush. The smells, the sounds…you can’t beat it. Africa has a beat that resonates deep in your soul. Once you’ve been here it will never leave you.


  5. oh my G-O-D she is like soooooo wild, it gives me creeps(shudders)


    lucy lu Reply:

    me toooooo!


  6. I too like Louise am from South Africa and I completely agree with her :) this place is amazing but sadly it’s taken for granted all too often…
    Tippi is a very lucky young lady to have experienced such childhood and I really hope she continues to give back to nature…

    I would just like to add that whoever posted the video, that is Leopard and not a Cheetah…

    Great job!
    Gina Lorenzi
    KZN, South Africa


  7. para mi esta todo re armado.. osea los animales esos crecieron en cautiverio y despues los llevaron ahi.. y sacaron fotos e hicieron un video.. yo se mucho de esto a mi no me la van a mandar a guardar


  8. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5162337.ece

    A little faked, but still interesting story here of Tippi.


  9. amaising couragious girl my best regards for ever to her


  10. I would really like to know how I can get in contact with Tippi or the family / organization working with her.
    I need to be involved in projects with her. Such an inspiration and motivator!


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