Curious Case of Tippi Degre


If you have read the Rudyard Kipling classic, The Jungle book featuring Mowgli, then this story will interest you. Here is a girl who much like Mowgli has spent quality time with wild animals around her as she grew up. As a consequence she is being called the embodiment of the real life Mowgli.

Most parents would have shied away from letting their children getting up close and personal with animals of the wild. But Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre has been shot with some of the most dangerous wilderbeasts in Africa.

She is now being compared to the central character of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Her mother Sylvie Robert and father Alain Degre have travelled extensively with the girl and her incredible journey has seen the girl get close with wild creatures of varied sizes. Among the animals Tippi has been shot with are elephants, cheetahs, zebras, bullfrogs and leopards.

Shots of the girl riding a five-ton elephant has been widely circulated. The girl considers the elephant as her ‘brother’ and was raised by a leopard who she sees as her best friend.

Tippi Degre recently made headlines when photos from a book, Tippi My Book Of Africa Namibia 1996, revealed her adventures.

She looks blissful as she rides an ostrich.


Tippi was born in Namibia in 1990 to wildlife photographer parents,  Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre.

Tippi has spent her childhood travelling through Africa and visiting countries as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Photos of her experience have been trending online.

Tippi is now 23 years old, and the only child to wildlife photographer parents who published her photos in a book called Tippi of Africa.

Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre was named after Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Hitchcok’s ‘The Birds’.

Tippi passed her Baccalaureate and entered La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris where she follows her past two years of cinema studies at the Lyceum.

Jungle Book interestingly is a classic collection of short stories dating back to 1894 is a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling. The stories are fables, using animals in a manner which gives moral lessons. A principal character is the “man-cub” Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. Other characters include Shere Khan the tiger, Ka the snake and Baloo the bear. The book has been adapted many times for film and other media.

Rudyard Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. There is evidence Kipling wrote stories for his daughter Josephine, who died from pneumonia in 1899, aged 6.


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