“Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribespeople of Namibia. As a young child, the French girl said, ‘I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends.’”
SARAHSPY is Sarah Lynn Knowles, a Brooklyn-based writer/editor and pop culture junkie who's run sarahspy.com since 2007. I founded & edit collaborative art/fiction/music journal Storychord.com and serve as national board VP of The Furnace Review.
My top 3 loves are live music, bloody mary brunches, and fiction writing (read my short stories in Perigee and Issue #7 of Slice Magazine).