This is the childhood we all dreamed of – well, all of us who watched The Jungle Book when we were kids.

Tippi Degré was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents.

She was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a bounty of exotic wildlife, spending most of her childhood playing with lion cubs, giraffes, a baby zebra, a mongoose, an ostrich, a snake, a cheetah, and even a crocodile.

Wow. Find out more about Tippi’s extraordinary life here.