Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
NO BUT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THIS HIT ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS. LIKE NANI TRIED SO HARD TAKE CARE OF LILO AND TAKE HER MOTHERS PLACE AND LILO BEING A LITTLE SISTER FIRST AND FOREMOST OFTEN GIVES NANI A HARD TIME AND JUST EARILER LILO TOLD HER SHE WISHED MOM WAS THERE AND THAT NANI WASN’T ENOUGH FOR HER AND SHE SAID “DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW THAT” LIKE NANI TRIES SO HARD AND IS SO AFRAID THAT SHE’S GOING TO FAIL OR DISSAPOINT HER MOM BUT WHEN LILO TELLS HER MOM WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD OF HER YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW MUCH THAT MEANS TO HER AND OH MY GOD WHY