Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré (born 4 June 1990) is a famous French woman who spent her childhood in Namibia among wild animals and tribespeople. In 2002-03, is the presenter of Around the World with Tippi, six wildlife and environmental TV documentaries.
Life and career
Born in Namibia the 4th of June 1990, Tippi grew up in Southern Africa for the first ten years of her life. She was raised in the bush where her parents worked as wildlife photographers and filmmakers. She is known for the photos published internationally in the press and in books about her childhood in the wild where she was living close to tribespeople of her country the San Bushmen, the Himbas and the animals. She was named after the actress Tippi Hedren.
In 2001, she is the Godmother of the WWF with the famous French actor, producer and director Jacques Perrin, in France.
Tippi was involved with wildlife and environmental documentary films. A documentary on her experiences, Le Monde Selon Tippi, was released in 1997. In 2002-2003, Tippi presented Around the World with Tippi, six wildlife and environmental TV documentary series for the Discovery Channel, directed by Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis and released in 2004. During her childhood in Namibia, Tippi befriended wild animals. She would go to school in Paris and travel often between Southern Africa and France. Her parents' photographs about their life in Africa became world famous. At 10 years old, Tippi writes a book telling about her life in Southern Africa and Madagascar. Tippi My Book of Africa is a novel based on Tippi's adventurous life. It was published and translated in several languages in 2000 and in Southern Africa in 2005, in English version. It reached the annual bestseller list of the German news magazine Der Spiegel in 2001.
Tippi has often been represented as embodying the alliance between children, animals and nature.
Former Godmother in 2013 of the 20th anniversary of FICMA (International Environmental Film Festival), in 2014 she becomes the director of El Petit FICMA, the children section of the FICMA festival. She makes public interventions and awareness conferences and education on the link, the bond between Man and Animal, especially with children.
Tippi just finished her studies in cinema and audiovisuals in France and currently lives in Paris. Today, Tippi is active, involved in wildlife conservation and preservation and in the Documentary Film industry.
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Degré, Tippi (2000). Tippi aus Afrika. Das Mädchen, das mit den Tieren spricht. (in German). Claudia Steinitz (translator). Ullstein Hc. ISBN 978-3-550-07164-5.
Degré, Tippi (2002). (in Chinese). Huang Tien-yuan (translator). ISBN 957-607-823-7.
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Savill, Richard (November 13, 2008). "The extraordinary childhood of the girl who grew up with African animals". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
- Joelle Ody; Sylvie Robert; Alain Degré (1998). Tippi of Africa. New Holland Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86872-083-5.
- Tippi degré; Sylvie Robert; Alain Degré (2005). Tippi My Book of Africa. Struik. ISBN 978-1-77007-029-5.
- Tippi's Official website
- Tippi Degré at the Internet Movie Database
- Le Monde Selon Tippi at the Internet Movie Database