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How wild African animals became one girl’s bosom buddies [video]


Parents always worry their children will fall in with a wild crowd, but French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert were in the unique position of having to balance their daughter Tippi’s need for companionship with the appetites of her far-from-domesticated companions.

As she grew up in Namibia, Tippi developed a unique bond with everything from elephants to cheetahs in the absence of children. As her mother described:

“She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions.”

My Modern Met has a beautiful collection of photographs, some of which appeared in the 1998 book Tippi of Africa, and the special bond with nature this tiny girl fostered is also the subject of the upcoming documentary Bridging the Gap to Africa, the trailer for which is featured below. In the film, the now sixteen-year-old remembers her days in the wild from the perspective of a teenager in Paris.

Full story at My Modern Met.

A unique perspective on Africa.

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