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.
Recently went through my parents old slides from the late 1970’s. Most of them taken in Germany, where they were both stationed in the Air Force, met, conceived my brother, and got married. All within a little over a year. They were 22.