Born to two French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi spent her childhood living in the deserts of Namibia. There, she befriended an elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, crocodiles, lion cubs, giraffes, an ostrich, meerkats, a baby zebra, a cheetah, a Caracal, a snake, giant bullfrogs, and many other untamed animals of the wild.
“I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends,” she once said.
Furthermore, she also became friends with the Bushmen and the Himba tribes-people of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, and to speak their language.
Tippi is now 23 years old, and has published a book titled Tippi of Africa, where she has documented her unique childhood.