Until Tippi was ten years old, her typical day involved playing around with few of the most dangerous animals of the world. Her activities involved hanging on the trunk of an elephant and enjoying every bit of it. Usually, even adults are scared of venturing around wild animals, but Tippi is more comfortable around wild animals. It is evident looking at the merry and joyous expression on her face while she plays with wild animals. For Tippi, every animal, be it an elephant or a creepy frog, is equal. She plays around them as if it were her pet. It is a wonderful sight to see Tippi hanging around the trunk of an elephant that has tusks equal to her size! Having grown up in Africa, she is comfortable playing with snakes too! She puts the snakes across her lap and plays with it without the remotest bit of fear.
You can look at the photos of Tippi and get awestruck looking at the way she plays with wild animals. It all started due to her upbringing, as per parents Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, are freelance wildlife photographers by profession. She was brought up in the heart of Africa, unlike other families who nurture their children in urban areas. When Tippi was about to be born, her French parents relocated to Namibia in Africa. As per parents were wildlife photographers, she was brought up in the vicinity of wild animals, which included cuddling up with cute little baby tigers and chilling in the puddles with gargantuan elephants. The credit entirely goes to Tippi’s parents, who always allowed her to be amongst wild animals and let her play with elephants, baby cheetahs, etc. She is also comfortable with fully grown cheetahs and is not scared of them.
In a video clip, Tippi’s shoulders can be seen entirely inside the jaw of a cheetah, but what is surprising is that the cheetah does not bite and continues to play with her. As the animals understand that Tippi would not cause any harm, they play around with her as if she was their own kid. Her parents have clicked several pictures of Tippi playing around with the wildest of animals, which are capable of killing a full-sized adult within a matter of a few seconds. Still, Tippi being herself is comfortable and happy playing with the animals. While growing up, Tippi became friends with a few of the wildest animals present on the face of the Earth. She is also close to the Himba tribes that are native to the Kalahari Desert. Being with them, she learned to survive only on roots and berries, shooting arrows and conversing in their native language.
The family later relocated to Madagascar and became instant celebrities for their lifestyle back in Namibia. Tippi schooled in France later and as she was more accustomed to wild animals rather than friends of her age, her parents’ homeschooled her. She is now 24 years old and has authored a book titled Tippi: My Book of Africa, which had become a bestseller. She has also made a documentary named Bridging the Gap to Africa. She has worked for 6 different channels including Discovery and is now attending the La Sorbonne Nouvelle University, where she is pursuing a course in cinema.