It’s not something that everyone knows about, It’s not even something that everyone wants to read about, and it’s certainly not something if you’ve experienced would want to talk about, and that would be female genital mutilation.
The childhood of a French girl Tippi Degre sounds more like a newer version of Mowgli, rather than something real. A white child, she was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents, and grew up in Africa.
Tippi is now 23 years old, and the only child to wildlife photographer parents Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, who published her photos in a book called Tippi of Africa. “It was magical to be able to be free in this nature with this child. She was a very lucky little girl – she was born and raised until the age of 10 totally in the wild.” said Sylvie.
To read Tippi’s story and few more extraordinary photographs please go here.
As much as I love my country (New Zealand) I often wonder if my husband and myself had stayed in Africa with our 10 month old twins, how different their lives would have been!!!
They are still fortunate enough to visit their grand parents in Tanzania, and experience the spectacular wonders of Africa.
The last photo below Tippi Degre is one of my twins in Tanzania with a wild tortoise.
Ezekiel Ole katato works directly with rural Maasai people in Kenya. He stays in the village and of late he started making cultural documentaries to help support their community activities. Please view the 4 minute cultural documentary trailer below. AMLI Kenya is a non – profit organization created to improve the lives of the rural Maasai people by reducing the high illiteracy rates, improving health care, environment conservation, addressing social injustice inequalities and raising awareness to empower them to chat their destiny.
The first Pancake Tortoise babies have been born at Meserani Snake Park. They are an endangered species.
The wild population of pancake tortoises is declining due to collection for the pet trade. It is currently illegal to import wild-caught tortoises, although captive-bred tortoises are available. Since they are dependent on rocky outcrops for shelter, populations of tortoises can become isolated easily, and are vulnerable to being harvested below sustainable numbers. Their reproductive rate is low.
The pancake tortoise is thought to be the fastest tortoise and the best climber, due to the lightness of its shell. Rather than ducking into its shell for protection, when threatened it will run for shelter in the rocks. The shell of the pancake tortoise is very flat, which makes it easier for the tortoise to right itself when overturned.
The average lifespan of a Pancake Tortoise living in captivity is around 25 years.
This tortoise is found throughout Kenya and Tanzania.