22.01.2013 in22:30 in Kids -->
The story of Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, a couple who chose to relinquish their lives in France for the freedom of nature in Southern Africa. This is also the story of their daughter Tippi
Tippi was born in Namibia, where her parents, Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, worked as freelance wildlife photographers. She was named after Tippi Hedren. 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, a Northern Greater Galago, a Banded Mongoose, an Ostrich, meerkats, a baby zebra, a cheetah, a Caracal, a snake, an African Grey Parrot, 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, where she became a celebrity. A book of her adventures (Tippi of Africa, ISBN 978-1-86872-083-5) was published and translated in several languages. My Book of Africa (ISBN 9781770070295) is a bestselling novel of Tippi’s adventurous life in Namibia. She also set up a website, and returned to Africa to make six nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel.
In Paris (France), Tippi attended a local state school for the first two years, but was then homeschooled because she was found to have little in common with the other children in Paris. She is now studying cinema at la Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.
Tippi: My Book of Africa…