The daughter of French photographers Sylvie Robert and Alan Degre, she spent her first ten years travelling around Africa, and her parents chronicled her experiences.
While most parents would not let their children anywhere near the big cat, Tippi’s was a particularly unusual childhood.
Sitting next to an adult leopard, Tippi Degre looks completely at ease.
Branded the real life Mowgli, after Rudyard Kipling’s hero in The Jungle Book, a book has been re-released giving a glimpse of her extraordinary first decade.
Now an adult, the book, Tippi: My Book of Africa, shows her making friends with an elephant, who she brands her brother.
Check out the amazing pictures below