Tippi and her Tender Years in Africa – A Collection of Wildlife Photos

“It was magical to be able to be free in this nature with this child. She was a very lucky little girl – she was born and raised until the age of 10 totally in the wild.”

Ever dreamed of being Mowgli in Jungle Book? I have…and when I knew about Tippi (and watched the documentary about her younger years with the animals and tribe people of Africa), I was in so much awe for her, for being the real-life Mowgli.

Tippi’s parents, Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert are both wildlife photographers.

They were able to capture these amazing moments of their daughter while they lived their life of freedom and nature in some parts of Africa.

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With her so-caled brother “Abu”, a 5-ton elephant, they walk around the wild to enjoy the vastness and the sun. I have shown this image to my little brothers and they envy her for being in this particular moment. They told me that this scene only happens in animated movies.

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On the sand, she sits and looks curious with her leopard-friend. What a way to hangout out in nature! Watching the documentary about her, I felt some great admiration for her parents for letting her be so comfortable with the animals.

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Such a lovely capture of the little girl riding an ostrich. Can you feel the wind blowing her hair to tangle?

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A cheetah licking her skin… perhaps, this is their way of communicating and expressing their closeness with each other. Tippi would just spend aimless hours being with the animals. She hums a lot and laughs a lot, too. In most of her video clips, he plays with the animals with such heartwarming innocence.

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Never afraid of lying her back on soil or sitting on the top of their vehicle to see the world and experience the wild, there is something so special about this little French girl.

 

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Instead of a teddy bear, she hugs and shows affection to a bullfrog! I so wish I can do this too as an adult. It could change something in me. I have been thinking that because she exudes nothing else but purity and kindness, the animals can sense it and they offer her the same tenderness back. Oh, of course playfulness too!

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This one has stunned me so much. Amidst the usual thoughts of fear, something beautiful like this is possible.

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Now here, she immerses and learns fro the Namibian tribe. If you have time, do check out her documentary online and watch your heart melt as you get lost in the wonderful exchanges she had with them… while hunting, eating and dancing around. The only white among them in most cases, she never felt the difference and it is such an inspiration.

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So here she is in one corner of my mind and daydreamer’s avenue, riding an elephant, spreading her arms to feel the wind under the African skies. I’d love to keep her there and to remind me the value of parenting, freedom and harmony with nature.


About Kristine Buenavista

Tin oftentimes takes her folding bike and old camera along country roads. Sometimes, she forgets to take pictures (though she never forgets when she finds great photos elsewhere). She narrates through words and images here. Travel, creativity, laughter, cerveza negra, scavenge hunt for beauty, starry-windy nights are among the things that make her feel weightless.

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