The story of Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, a couple who chose to relinquish their lives in France for the freedom of nature in Southern Africa. This is also the story of their daughter Tippi. Share their unique encounters with meerkats and the hidden mysteries of the cruel Kalahari; travel with them to the wilds of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Read about the beginnings of their daughter Tippi’s life in the bush, dunes and swamps, and her endearing kinship with wild animals – particularly Abu, a five-ton elephant, whom she calls ‘my brother’. The language of the wild is no secret for Tippi of Africa.
Tippi is no ordinary child. She believes that she has the gift of talking to animals and that they are like brothers to her. ‘I speak to them with my mind, or through my eyes, my heart or my soul, and I see that they understand and answer me.’ Tippi is the daughter of French filmmakers and wildlife photographers, Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, who have captured her on film with some of Africa’s most beautiful and dangerous animals. Tippi shares her thoughts and wisdom on Africa, its people and the animals she has come to know and love. Often her wisdom is beyond her years, and her innocence and obvious rapport with the animals is both fascinating and charming.