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Meet the real jungle girl.

Born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1990, Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre lived with her French parents, wildlife photographers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre. The three of them travelled extensively through Africa on a unique and incredible adventure.

Her “brother” was an elephant named Abu, her best friend a leopard and her playground the African bush.

Tippi had no fear and befriended Abu when she was a year and a half old, said her mother. Her daughter would look into its eyes and speak to him.
“She was in the mindset of these animals,” her mother said. “She believed the animals were her size and her friends.”