Young girl who’s best friends with African wildlife

Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, “I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.”

Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi’s life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Tippi of Africa, published in 1998, told Tippi’s story of she and her parents, and Tippi’s close bonds with wild animals made her quite famous. Her mother said, “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.”

Looking past some fairly obvious and natural parental worries, Tippi had the most amazing upbringing. Not many of us can say that we lived a real life adventure where we rode ostriches in our free time or that our best friend growing up was an African elephant, one of the largest animals to walk the earth! You can see a video of Tippi, below, with some of the animals as well as a trailer for the Bridging the Gap to Africa documentary.

185 Responses to Young girl who’s best friends with African wildlife

  • Lori says:

    I love this,Its magically beautiful.
    Everything seems in it’s place.
    She seems brave and untouched by fear,or her shell she belongs in.
    Is not existent.

    Everyone should live that free/

    • suzie says:

      i really agree i want to live that free i would do fine if i were her except i would rather go around with something covering my top

      • Alycia says:

        That’s probably because you’ve been programmed with prudish western “morality”. Why does it matter that she was topless, especially at that age?

      • Anna says:

        She is just a child (if it wasn`t mentioned that she`s a girl would it have mattered?) in the middle of nowhere. i really think those people are happier than we are, even if we have technology and “morality” and many other things

      • Sara says:

        In Africa, at least in Chad where a friend of mine lived, breasts are not sexualized. The culture is very different. Besides which she is young. I love her spirit.

      • Andi says:

        She was also born and raised in Africa. Have you noticed that the women in Africa are also topless? She was becoming one with the wildlife and people around her. She believed they were all the same. And plus, she has nothing to show on top, so it doesn’t really matter if she is topless or not. Just as long as if shes covering the bottom should it ACTUALLY matter. Focus on the beauty of all of these pictures, not just something practically everyone wont care about.

    • She is lucky child and brave … i really impress from here … she must b a best friend of animals and birds :)

    • It is simply wonderful. Spsellbound. Very natural. The kid belongs to the very nature. She can move and livse
      with any creature. Let her natural nature not be disturbed Wonder of the wonders. I am wiwth the kind. Seeing the photos, gives me a happyness and reminds, “God is really there, where innocence is”.

  • Elizabeth Underwood says:

    I only wish every child could know that kind of freedom and respect for the animals there grandchildren may only know to see in books or on film because of there mistreatment.

  • Mattis says:

    If we all grew up like that this world would be a very different place.

    • Becky says:

      I couldn’t agree more. The fear we have of nature causes an even greater rift. If we were to all live even slightly like this, maybe we would see less destruction of beautiful wildlife animals and settings.

      • tex says:

        It isn’t the fear of nature it is the need to make nature fit into and act as mankind thinks it should. It is a lack of respect for nature. It has decimated the planet and now it is still running rampant with everybody believing some “technology” will save us. I believe the opposite Technology will not save us. It will eventually however doom us.

        • Brian says:

          ‘Technology’ has saved your life ten times over, you arrogant prick. We’d be dying of a million different CURABLE diseases if not for it. You want to respect nature? Go live in a cave. Don’t blame people who rightfully use something that has improved their lives. And as for ‘dooming’ humanity, we are very adaptable and creative when in mortal danger, so we will be able to make advances to handle global warming and create new energy sources.

          • Maureen says:

            In some ways technology has helped in others it has been a disaster. Did you know that not one disease has ever been eradicated by a vaccine? Scientists have found that in areas where there are no vaccines, that we do, as you said adapt. Any disease that has hit, has within a 20 year period been overcome by the human immune system, without the use of deadly vaccines. Look it up. You’ll see I’m right unless you go to a website where they are pushing them for pharmaceutical companies. Fallow the money.
            I lived wild and free also for much of my young life. I lived in a teepee and had a very spiritual connection to the animals. I had a badger, (wild) save my life one day,. He came out on the other side of the river from me and started doing a very strange, agitated dance until he got my attention and made me nervous enough to get up and move from where I was sitting. When I was about 100 feet from where I had been sitting under a tree a bolt of lightening hit the very tree I had been sitting under. That’s what it takes. You have to be one with your world and the creatures in it. I see in this little girls face that she seems to be in a deep meditative state. She has altered her consciousness to where she is not a threat, shows no fear and is totally one with her world and the creatures around her. None of this, “man having domain over all the animals”. That was just one quick story of my experiences, I have many. You sir or mam are very rude and uninformed.

    • Todd says:

      – If we all grew up like that this world would be a very different place.

      We did. 100,000 years ago.

  • Sam Wendelin says:

    Animal’s sense fear and I believe they act upon it by instinct ,,,,,,,She has no fear and it look’s like they just accept her

    • diana damsik says:

      i agree with u mattis,..she’s just beautiful inside out, hope the world won’t change her free spirit and love. ^^

  • vijex says:

    I love this brave girl.Its awesome.

  • Alex says:

    She is like Mowgli :-)

    • Rachel says:

      Yes :) I was thinking that, too, that she looks like Mowgli there, leading the elephant :) Where is she now? Last I heard she’d gone to university in France.

  • Jones says:

    What a beautiful life to live.

  • biggingeryeti says:

    Parenting: You’re it doing it right.

  • Atanas Koev says:


    I have three kids and they also live in the Nature with horses, dogs, ducks etc.

    But this is great- in the wild Nature, I was so glad to see this!

    We can change the world :)

  • G Philip C says:

    Awesome! Treasure this time little one.

  • Cassidy Steele says:

    Basically what I wanted my childhood to be like. Loved this.

  • Thomas says:

    Somehow, its almost like the life i wish i had…

    I almost feel cheated in a way. Mankind seemed to have no clue on how to live at peace with nature when i grew up. I’ve felt so far apart from it my whole life. All i keep hearing is “man vs nature”

    Where does our ability to live WITH nature finally show its face? Because sooner or later, either nature will consume us, or we’ll finally start behaving the way we should.

    • Dave says:

      We have spiraled away from the unmoving center of reality. At one time in our history we were one with nature.

  • M. A. Wayne says:

    WOW. Beautiful.

  • Mr Crog says:


  • ajay says:

    simply love it

  • P.K. says:

    Oh my god. It is so hevenly. My mind goes to the child with full of love and congratulation to the parents.

  • Susan says:

    Luckiest child in the world.

  • Donna says:

    Extraordinary. What a beautiful child and what a wonderful childhood.

  • Tom says:

    Not trying to be mean here but I think there is a good chance that somewhere down the road we will be reading about how one of these “majestic” creatures have crushed or eaten her. Wild animals are dangerous.

    And nature is only idealized by those who have successfully escaped its ravages. It is not for nothing that mankind spent thousands of generations trying to beat nature back and escape from its dangers and aggravations. Try going into the wild without insect repellent.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors as much as the next fella, but I enjoy it only because I am protected by modern science and I can escape it when I need to.

    None of you (maybe extremely few of you) would voluntarily give up the modern conveniences for this little girls life.

    • kess says:

      they are beautiful pictures but I have to say I agree with you

    • tanya says:

      I envy her childhood to live that free of fear and modern day influence and egativity must have been amazing…if we continue to live our lives in fear and ignorance of what’s really beautiful and majestic in the wild then eventually we will destroy it and there will be nothing left of our natural world. I think her parents gave her a gift to live a life a lot of us dreamed about as children…she learned the lessons of respect and honor at such a young age and most adults today still haven’t learned and probably never will

    • Eugene Steele says:

      And beating back nature is certainly working out well for us so far.

    • DredHed420 says:

      I would

    • Greg says:

      As beautiful as these pictures and this little girl’s experiences are, i do share some of your concerns Tom. Many of us have heard of stories of people who shared a bond of some type with what would be considered “wild” creatures, and at so point we hear of a tragedy where the animal, for some reason, turned on the person. Actually, in many ways, it’s no different than the behavior some humans have exhibited towards someone we have known for a long time, we can “snap” too. I just pray that nothing ever happens to this girl for the bond she has with these animals is a beautiful thing, and i for one would not want or dare to break her heart by removing her from friendship she has with them. I pray for you Tippi, and your parents.

      • John McNeil says:

        Well said Greg, but when you live off the land, you get to know a lot about pretty much every living thing in your vicinity. Predatory animals are always a danger, but among people that understand the animals they share their lie with, very, very few are ever hurt or killed by them compared to just traffic accidents, let alone the myriad other dangers of ‘civilized’ lifestyles. As with anything, it is more a matter of being aware of your environment at any given time.

        • romalero says:

          Yes. Whenever I hear or read or watch about one of those incidents where the animals had been “friends” with the person killed, I also see blatant mistakes, due to anthropomorphism, committed by the “victims” which, for anyone familiar with those specific animals, look like suicide. One guy I knew, had a wolf pack, where he, of course, since he brought the food and could leave the enclosed terrain, was the leader. Well, this guy had an accident so his arm was in a sling. He entered the enclosure in that way! Immediately, the next in hierarchy attacked him & mauled him. Of course, of course. He survived, was in Hospital for a while. His wife kept feeding the pack, although beyond the enclosure, naturally. It took us a long time to convince my friend HE caused his own mauling. He believed the wolves were just like his human friends! We couldn’t comprehend the stupidity! He is a Ph. D. in several matters, including animal behaviour! But his prejudice overcame his knowledge & caused him to lose the pack. (And his grant. And his credibility in the scientific community.)

    • Alice says:

      She’s an adult now and doing just fine. The Elephant she’s riding on used to be in a zoo before he was released to the wild again… he actually helped taking care of her when she was a toddler. Her parents took good care not to put her in dangerous situations just to snap a picture!

    • Amy says:

      Maybe you should read what this says before commenting… these pictures were taken many years ago and she’s not only alive and well, but also all grown up.

    • hilary says:

      I agree, it is wrong to take too sentimental and romantic a viewof nature, when often it’s uncompromising and brutal in reality, also, in long term, can they really replace human company? She said herself she made friends with them because there were no human friends so perhaps not quite so idyllic as it first looks

    • FishDoc says:

      I agree. Lovely photos and a “charmed” life. But animals (even domesticated ones like dogs) can turn in an unpredictable moment into killers. It has happened many times to animal trainers and others.

  • I sincerely agree with Thomas.

    >> All i keep hearing is “man vs nature”

    I still hope mankind looks at mother nature as the estate/property of their children rather than that of their parents!

  • alex moros says:

    that was us 50,000 years ago

  • jeremybrett says:

    can nobody else (except tom and rajendra there) see how irresponsible this is? you can kill yourself coming off a horse, and her parents have sat her on the back of an elephant .. i’m sure they probably know what they’re doing and they probably keep an eye on her a lot of the time, but a human child of her age can’t defend herself against cheetahs and lions and ostriches if they ever happened to turn violent, and she’s not going to survive coming off that elephant if it decided to break in to a run

  • Kelsey says:

    Jeremy and Tom-clearly, she is doing fine. Her parents are wise enough to realize that she is able to interact with the wild world in a natural way. How many people have been killed by modern technology? You can die falling down the stairs just as easily than falling off of an elephant. More easily, I would argue, since very few people ride elephants. Hell, you can die falling out of bed. What sort of mindset is fear of getting hurt to live your life by? This is real nature, not the manufactured, destroyed kind our society lives in now. This is us, before we lost sight of the importance of living in harmony with nature.

  • Looshk says:

    These pictures are beautiful and inspiring :)

  • LynneQi says:

    In case you missed it, the photo book about her was published in 1998. She is now 22 years old and a student at the Sorbonne in Paris. She clearly survived her unusual childhood, thrived even. She has done six nature documentaries for the Discovery Channel and published her own book about Africa.

    • Maur Bayley says:

      Lynne, I’m so glad you posted the update of this girls life. How wonderful that all turned out well. I’m looking forward to seeing her contribution to the world.

    • Greg says:

      Thanks for the info, i didn’t hear about her before.

  • Matt says:

    Umm Guys, these pictures are over 15 years old… Tippi was born in 1990 and lives in France now. Tom and Jeremy, of course she could have been killed by one of those animals, but she hasn’t. I suppose living in a modern society like ours can be pretty dangerous as well. Just look at how many people are victims of crime, (car)-accidents, poverty and who knows what.

    Many people don’t even need someone else to die; they are just to ignorant to stop smoking… and that in the 21st century, where we have all this fancy modern technology…

    • Ethan says:

      It is irrelevent who or what she is now, because these pictures say it is okay to pose my child next to a cheata that happens to be in my backyard in africa. Yes, they are astonishingly beautiful pictures that paint a beautiful childhood, but it promotes damgerous acts. Whether it is a ‘tame animal’ or a wild one accidents happen everywhere, yes in the modern world too, but it is a matter of self preservation, motherly/fatherly instinct not to let your child intimatly play with animals that are programed to find prey (about her size) kill it, and eat it! But they are beautiful pictures..

  • Phoebe says:

    little angel

  • betsy konya says:

    Beautiful pictures……beautiful child. Such peace.

  • Frolios says:

    This is awesomely awesome!

  • Maxine says:

    If only we were all humbled by the natural beauty that surrounds us. Just the thought of if humans and animals walked along side each other like that! Truly amazing, props to her parents.

  • Descontos says:

    This little girl is just amazing!!! I wish I could have grown in the wild like her.

  • Peter says:

    Wow, what a character!

  • Collin says:

    So cool!! I wish I had that life!!

  • Connor says:

    These really are beautiful pictures, like something out of a Disney movie. The only thing that seems wrong here is growing up in complete isolation from society could lead to some severe trauma once introduced to city life, or serious difficulty adjusting to “reality”. I feel like it would be quite a process acquiring the skills needed to have a successful social life. By the sounds of it though she’s been quite successful, so who knows.

  • joan says:

    This is an amazing example of how humankind can live in peace with nature. All beings are equal and have the same rights. The animals are the result of millions of years of evolution and we are just another animal.

  • Marilyn says:

    There is something about the innocence and openness of children that can be sensed by animals, especially young ones!

  • Hbomb says:

    That is the most punk rock child to ever live. Pure bliss on her face. What joy…so few of us could ever dream to be as free as this girl. May she live a long and brave life!

  • Fred Kobsted says:

    What a memorable & marvelous childhood! It is hard to imagine the reservoir of remembered incidents, events and trans-species experiences Tippi has to draw on for her own vocation and life path. May it be a happy one! Fred Kobsted.

  • R. Taylor says:

    The only word that comes to mind is “BEAUTIFUL”. Brought tears to my eyes. Such unconditional love and trust-on both sides.

  • Keiran Simpson says:

    Magical… so lovely to see this type of relationship

  • kate says:

    it is more likely that a child will run out into the street and get hit by a car than be killed by falling off an elephant. I believe that modern day society and technology advances can kill us quicker than the natural world that was created for us. These photos are inspiring and i wish that i had the chance to grow up like this.

  • William says:

    I think the parents are doing just fine, what matters most is the girl seems to be very happy. She has a place that she fits in and because it was the way she was raised. Yes animals can be dangerous you are right(to all who commented on that subject) but so are people. I have seen people do worse things to each other than any other animal has done to a human. She has taken a disadvantage of not having people her age to interact with and made the damn best out of it. You are right it might be dangerous but so are lots of things, stop being scared and telling people what is irresponsible or not. Let them live there lives. This is just absolutely amazing and I am extremely jealous of this young girl, she will have an experience which billions of people will never have!

  • it is a very brave, capable of stunning models. African land is promising something that is hard to come by other parts of the world. very nice.

  • Janice says:

    I understand her fully and the animals. I am not in Africa, but in the USA. I have raised and had animals that I have let back into the wild all my life. More interaction with animals than any humans. I understand them better and they give unconditional love. Something that is hard to find in human’s. Thru all my pain and hardship’s they have been there for me, as they are there for her, I honor her and her wild friends that gave her love and happiness in her life and in return what she was able to give them. She gave her heart and her live and showed these animals not all human’s were heartless and killer’s and can love as the animal’s have the ability already to give . Only if people would give their hearts as easily. Beautiful story and beautiful little girl. They carry a wonderful story and one that is in a natural state of being.

  • clairesse Fejeran says:

    This is amazing!!

  • Kelsi says:

    I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used insect repellent and so far I’ve yet to die of some skin eating disease. When I was little there was a large wooded area across from the park down the street and I can honestly say I played in the woods more than I did the park. Guess what? I’m alive and well. Sure, it’s not the wild terrain of Africa with all its lurking dangers but it surely wasn’t a padded room either. Those woods were familiar to me as Africa was familiar to Tippy and her parents. Since it has been plainly stated in previous comments that many years have passed and Tippy is living a full, adult life I don’t really need to make that point any more clear. Since I am sure you’ve had little to no interaction with any of the animals seen above, I don’t see how you established the right to make assumptions of their behavior. You are correct in saying that we as humans had “spent thousands of generations trying to beat nature back and escape from its dangers and aggravations.” That doesn’t for a minute make it right. The human race is ruthless and too violent for its own good. I’m not sure if you’ve missed all of the wars this world has gone through but I can tell you they’ve all been started by vicious human beings. Not animals. Ignorance isn’t always bliss. You should try to remember that.

  • Karen bauser says:

    Well i absolutely loved this….. I always fantasizes living like that when I was a child.the child was just a product of circumstances of being in the right time and the right place due to her parents profession. It’s awesome she got to grow up experiencing a matter of fact i would love to read the books……

  • maggie says:

    What a waste we have made living in cities… how much of natural life we have missed… It’s right to say mankind would be different if we were more in tune with nature instead of the paper in our bank accounts and striving to have more than the next guy. I fear for the future of this little girl, because her beautiful world is fading fast.

  • Lindy says:

    Wow, this is beautiful, what an amazing place to grow up in! This is education if you ask me.

  • miss george says:

    to tom and jeremy, the sad people who are terrified of living and dont want others to either, cos thats what you are, TERRIFIED! you’re the sort of people that ruin life for everybody else if you can. thankyou for sharing these pictures with us tippi and her family. i for one am grateful and moved with emotion by them… life is for living how one wants to!! NOT how somone else says!

  • mae says:

    this was my dream when I was a child, love it, so beautiful.

  • James says:

    Wow, beautiful and inspiring indeed. People forget this is how life used to be, so simple and yet full of bliss. :)

  • j.dias says:

    What a lovely story–i love that kid,how i wish i could meet her and shake her hand—–we could learn from her life and live in peace with each other before we try to control nature—Joe

  • Sceko says:

    Amazing pictures

  • Janine says:

    A picture is a vignette of a person’s life. If one were to look at my family albums one might think that all we did was sit around the same table eating birthday cake and laughing until we got older and older and one by one we disappeared. I’m sure she cried and got sick and hurt herself and had her heart broken, and that some of the wildlife was even responsible. My domesticated cat occasionally does damage when annoyed, so although it looks like her parents turned her loose into the wild to frolic among the beasts I’m reasonably certain that the photos were taken with animals of whose behavior the parents were pretty sure and under somewhat controlled conditions. If not, then yes, no doubt about it, it was irresponsible – regardless of the dangers of modern society I didn’t let my 6 year-old drive the car, didn’t leave him alone with the dog and didn’t let him ride the horses unsupervised until I was sure he could take care of himself. While the idea of animals not attacking because she had no fear has some merit it is more likely that they were well fed and raised and/or trained in a way that taught THEM not to fear man as well. They look marvelously healthy and well-cared for so I’m leaning much more on the side of responsible, good parents. The idea is beautiful though, and in my 52 year old heart I am this little girl, my friends the animals who do not know duplicity and the woods and fields where I roam with the same wonder and happiness that I see in her eyes. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

    • Saoirse says:

      I could not have said it better. Too many people (and I’ve been guilty as well) look at a photograph or series of photographs and assume they know every facet of a person’s life. All we have here are the pictures that show about 15 specific moments in this child’s life. Of course wild animals can be dangerous, as can cars, roller coasters, and possibly your next-door neighbor. Because of this possible danger, parents are responsible for keeping their children safe and protected, while allowing them to feel a sense of freedom and enjoyment. You let your child drive for the first time when he is ready, and when weather conditions are good. It’s unfair to criticize this young girl’s parents and immediately deem them “irresponsible” based on this set of pictures. And I believe that’s the beauty in them – she appears to be a completely carefree, innocent, brave little girl. However, I’m sure her parents and possibly others are present and well aware of their daughter’s surroundings. I’m quite sure they wouldn’t sit their toddler next to a starving lion. Sure, wild animals can “turn on” humans they love, but so can a golden retriever.
      Thank you for your unbiased statements. They were as refreshing as the article itself.

  • Superhotel says:

    Thats really nice, I like it.

  • Markop77 says:

    I simply envy you in your childhood.Cheers!
    Je vous souhaite tout le meilleur.

  • alicia says:

    What a gorgeous angel! I don’t care how old these pictures are she is beautiful inside as well as out. You can see the love she has for all the creatures God has made for us and the free spirit that we all were born with and lost little by little as we grew up in this uptight uncaring planet. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and I hope her life is as happy now as it seemed then. I have always had a deeper respect for animals than most people, they don’t hurt each other for pleasure as some humans do.

  • DamnCool says:

    Man, that is so damn cool! This is what we should be teaching our kids to leave in peace with wildlife and the environment. Love it.

  • Adam Carlson says:

    This is by far the most beautiful website ever designed.

  • Djuwarsjah says:

    Awesome…I think this girl is Tarzan’s daughter…So freedom and natural

  • Cady Harron says:

    She is going to go to school in America where she will make friends with two social outcasts, she will then become friends with the popular crowd and lose everything but all turns out okay in the end.

  • sunnyway says:

    What a beautiful soul, I hope her life is just as free and rich as the life in these photo’s.

  • Luke says:

    This is truly magical. She is an insight to all of us who are cooked up in our beloved City’s. What we posses is not the real world… that is. I would love to use the picture of her on the ostrich as my Album cover.

  • tia says:

    i want to be her :(

  • tia says:

    but she hugged a toad 😐

  • What beautiful pictures…and such an extraordinary way to grow up. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelvin says:

    These are wild animals should not be treated as pets. If the animals turn on humans because of some misunderstanding, as we have seen so often in the past, the offending animal gets “disposed of” and treated as villainous. Nice pictures and I am sure the publicity is fantastic, but they are wild, not domestic animals.

  • Karla J says:

    Great Pics..She is a She Tarzan!!

  • Mallory West says:

    These pictures are really beautiful. But I do have to somewhat agree with Tom. When your child is born, your #1 priority is the safety and well being of your child. There’s nothing wrong with letting her interact with the animals, but to just plop her up on an elephant’s back and let her ride off into the sunset? I don’t think so. You can give a child a beautiful childhood without putting them in danger.

  • Akash Pandya says:

    My favorite photo no.5
    WOW, that is amazing.

  • Tali says:

    Yesterday, on Discovery, I saw a program where a couple of people were making a documentary about Rwanda. During the course of it, they showed a little statue of a gorilla (which is available plenty and cheap) and said, “The cost of this tiny gorilla statue is the price that a poacher is paid to poach a gorilla.” For a second, I went numb; the insensitivity and indifference of the human race to the animals, that are as much a part of this world as we are, shocked me.

    Seeing this, I almost yearn for the carefree abandon that the child grew up in. I am so happy to see that there were (and hopefully – are) parents who love nature so much that they will give their children the invaluable gift of growing up with it, as a part of it, respecting it.

    I am so happy, for that child (and now, a healthy adult) who had a life that some can only dream of.

  • Christina says:

    I love the freedom this little is experiencing in her childhood. What she learns from these animals will stay with her always. One can tell the animals accept her as one of their own-quite rare and unique. This is a rare sight indeed. SO BEAUTIFUL.

  • Laurie A. Emery says:

    Lucky Tippy! What a wonderful life…like a very sweet fairy tale come true, yet so obviously real, logical and perfectly natural as a way to be and live!!!

  • April says:

    Animals can sense fear but when you’re a child growing up in Africa, in a part where seeing lions, elephants, and snakes all day is the norm, you obviously have none. Beautiful representation of a child’s’ innocence! Tippi is just lovely as well!

  • Auretha says:

    Wow…absolutely amazing. I love it. She is fearless.


    Is part of life. I love nature.

  • cate says:

    this is sooo beautiful

  • dragonflymedicine says:

    magnificent and awe inspiring..a remembrance of our true selves before we grew up industrially and technologically and forgot..even past civilizations which fell away from nature and natural laws ceased to exist…also, i just realized how “fear” as a first response to things, has been ingrained in our society…how sad.

  • mullusew gashaw says:

    wow it is amazing

  • Bud Woods says:

    So this is what a perfect childhood looks like…

  • sarah says:

    We need these stories now. Life is so detached from reality today. We need reminders about real life. To truly live is heaven.

  • Janet Parrish says:

    What a wonderful childhood

  • Andres becerra says:

    This is awesome! Such an awesome real life story! That kid is gonna grow up to be an awesome person.

  • raj says:


  • legend says:

    no wonder the rest of the world thinks people in South Africa walk with lions and ride zebras to work…

  • Emilly Irani says:

    Oh my god its unbelievable!!!
    Really it is surprising for me too look those pictures with wild animals…..

  • I envy Tippi’s experiences! Now that I’m older and have a thirst for adventure, her childhood sounds like a dream come true, but I can only imagine how different she became from other girls her age. I wonder if it was hard for her to make friends, or if everyone wanted to be friends with her?

  • Steve Vento says:

    This is wonderful.

  • Sarah Jane Newbery says:

    Yes this little girl is amazing and she probably respects animals more than a lot of us do, can you imagine when she is grown up and if she came to the UK or the USA and saw how we cage even our smallest animals up what she would think and say to us. This girl is used to being in a country where massive and very dangerous animals are allowed to run free, it would be a alien place to her to see we even cage up hamsters who pose no danger. Crazy.

  • Mary says:

    And in 10 years, she’s going to end up coming to America and starring in “Mean Girls”.

  • travis says:

    that would be a good childhood as well as a way to live as an adult. im taking a break from it right now but am heading back out soon. learn the plants to eat and how to trap or hunt meat, take one pack of gear and a good reusable weapon and you should be fine. it is peaceful but I don’t think many people would feel comfortable the whole time without running water. I do it a few months of the year, yes even during the winter.

    whats stopping you?

  • Extraordinary……. !!!

  • Sasa says:

    Beautiful !!

  • Wow. Just wow. I want to be this girl when I grow up.

  • Aurora Tyas says:

    every little girl’s dream…and grow-up girls too!!!!

  • Guynell Franks says:

    a fantastic story and what a brave child.

  • Julie says:

    She’s living the life we all wish we could live! FREE! Free of others’ opinions and prejudices! Free of what others think a little girl should be like! Free from moron’s wagging fingers! She’s the luckiest little girl in the whole world!

  • SeeMeNoMore says:

    I suppose I am jaded, but all I see when I look at these pictures is white privilege.

  • هنادي says:

    I love this brave girl.Its awesome.

  • amol says:

    Really Plesant and unbelievable photos…She is indeed fearless..I wish I could meet her..

  • Jaikumar says:

    I really do admire the parents of the girl for trying out the unimaginable surroundings for their beautiful very natural daughter Tippy.Perhaps as any other animal feels secured to the extent it has its parents to return to when feeling hungry, sleepy, Tippy perhaps got used to believe that the animals around her are like a very natural existential environment and spent her time as naturally and without any fear.It is the family and society in which we live, sow the seeds of conditioned behavior or responses as we grow, but if no one intervened, the behavior could be as natural as of Tippy’s. It is also true that the life style or the anthropological laws of existence are different for each species we cannot consider Tippy as belonging to any other race than so called humans. In any case it is an amazing experiment, I thank the parents for providing a live example of Universal Coexistence of life.

  • Wow…. amazing how those animals are comfortable next to her. I saw a movie “life of Pi”, and went to touch a dog. It bit me hard, now i’m taking rabies vaccination injections.

  • Lydia says:

    Thia is simply amazing!!

  • LittleMiss says:

    Thats so amazing! I´m very convinzed that she had a great childhood! :)

  • Sherry says:

    Awesome!!!!! beautiful.. captivating!!!

  • Carole says:

    Heaven on earth … this child grew knowing peace, the beauty of nature and “fear” was not instilled into her life the way it is into ours. She has been blessed with a perfect childhood – she is very lucky.

  • michael says:

    Pure and true, beautiful.

  • TnRoger says:

    A wonderful story indeed….What a way to grow up! This child will possess an understanding of all things wild. The only problem with that is that as she continues to grow and prosper she will encounter many frustrating moments in life. You see, nature is incredibly straight forward and the ways of nature are very matter-of-fact. However, living among the human population she will find is much different. Many things are not as they seem and honesty is not always found. The simple honesty of nature is easily understood and predictable. On the other hand life among humans is anything but obvious or honest and trust is best used sparingly. It is my hope that she she learns this before being victimized. Clearly her spirit is one that is not normally cultivated or often encountered. A true treasure…

  • Aparna says:

    Ove so sweet………brave child

  • Amy says:


  • Nabeel Kirmani says:

    looks like she will become the female Tarzan of the future!

  • Zoe Bishop says:

    My dream came true for someone – wow

  • Zoe Bishop says:

    Idyllic, beautiful, my dream come true but for Tippi – wow

  • Michelle says:

    She’s gonna grow up to the be like the girl in mean girls. I bet she’ll probably follow in her parents footsteps as constantly being immersed in nature rather than living a more traditional life with people.

  • Nice nature picture. I like nature. Thanks

  • Olivia says:

    I want her life…….i want it RIGHT NOW

  • Abhi says:

    Reminds us that we share our world with them… and we r just like them, and we r no superior

  • Dharamveer Singh says:

    very nice & glorious pic.

  • This is what God intended for all of us! Thank you for sharing, so beautiful

  • Sandra Riddick says:

    It ‘s so amazing how children and animals get along together! Maybe the world as a whole should look at this especially the nations/countries who are at war with one another!

  • I really agree with that and that a good life……….she did very good

  • M.Borgarbúi says:

    Wow, amazing pictures :)

  • All photo is good

  • TJ says:


  • ZeeJay says:

    Really a brave girl. So adventurous.

  • Only one word i would to say that “Unbelievable “

  • David says:

    This is absolutely amazing! She looks so happy. It looks like she understands the animals. What a world! Wonderful!

  • Elizabeth says:

    This is proof that animals can sense a pure and kind soul. She seems free and happy. I could only wish I could feel what she is feeling.

  • t.bailey says:

    she is living a life we should all get a chance to experience.the way it should of been from the beginning of time. thanks alot adam and eve. and they ate from the tree of knowledge and knew they where naked so they hid from God and covered themsleves. the pictures are beautiful. life in africa is harsh and hard it take s. a strong sort of person to endure this. its is a life experience to cherish i hope she shares all she has learned and teaches others to love care for a land that is almost lost in time by greed and money and hatered. thankyou for sharing.

  • John Moore says:

    This is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. She has a rare gift and the animals know it too.

  • vishesh says:

    nature adapts her without any harm !!!! thats awesome

  • Jona says:

    I was really moved by these photos! So beautiful. :) She’s a real-life Pocahontas. :)

  • Blur MINT says:

    Amazing and unbelievable!!!

  • TheWater says:

    It’s Really Amazing , this little girl is so audacious !

  • heronuliz says:

    I do not think there is such an awesome girl…
    very amazing..

  • smile life to her!

  • african resident says:

    Abu camp in the delta, which is named after ABU pictured here exploit elephants to provide a totally unnatural “elephant back” safari experience at $4000 a night. The Elephants have to be chained to a post at night (out of the tourists eye) to stop them running away or killing their handlers as one recently did ! The Botswana wildlife service has an ongoing battle to close this camp down. One big Con !

  • Lisa Chan says:

    Wow, this is absolutely incredible I found this very moving. Love the photos <3

  • Milosh says:

    Okay, all have right to think, believe, and comment on beauty of this photo chronology; however, little consideration was given to the dangers and risk of this child was in. I too love all animals, respect their freedom and beauty. We have no right to harm them, much less hunt and kill them. But, we have a responsibility to protect our children and not place them in harm’s way. The love and beauty we give to nature is one thing…..but, consider the child’s safety. It would take a mere moment for the child to be attacked.

  • Synde Arason says:

    This is by far the best story I have ever read on the web. I have been on the web since 1994 and I sometimes spend all day on the web. And this is the best story. I see this little girl as the freest berson I have ever met. We could all learn a lesson form her spirit. She reminds me of that saying Be do have. She just bes and she does what she does and there for she has command of everything in her life even the animals obery her. This is an excellent exsample of someone who is at complete pease. Can you you imanginge such peace how very blessed she is. May God all ways bless her and care for her.

  • Miodrag says:

    happy childhood! wonderfully

  • Anoop Mohan says:

    Its great to see that, we human beings can live in harmony with wild animals. Nature is Great

  • Fairity McCowen says:

    I am very surprised to see such an intelligent young lady recognize what the creatures are like and can walk with them with no fear. Most children these days are scared to even hold something as docile as a frog is or show fear of an animal they can not obviously understand as well as she can. So, a BIG applause for her and maybe she can teach others to have a unique spirit as hers is…. possibly. I wish I could have no fear like her!!!

  • suresh poosapati says:

    being friendly with animals is always a beautiful thng..!!!she did it…!! and she is doing it, lucky girl..!!!

  • Philip Relf says:

    Absolutely amazing pictures of a brave and fearless girl, I like all the pictures. Cute little girl is truly an inspiration for every woman.

  • Dreya says:

    I am very jealous. Having said that, this child has been given one of the greatest gifts any parent could give. The chance to live completely free with no fear of criticism or social pressure. She is growing up without fear, completely open to the nature around her and the animals have responded to her. I wish I had that chance, even now.

  • Svitlana says:

    I love this so much! The pictures are amazing!
    Thank you for sharing!

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