Meet the IRL Eliza Thornberry

Remember when Nickelodeon was the shit and had a slew of badass television shows? One, of course, was The Wild Thornberrys first airing in September of 1998. The show followed Eliza Thornberry and her crazy documentary filmmaker parents as they traveled to several exotic locations. She can also talk to animals. Eliza describes it best:

This is me, Eliza Thornberry, part of your average family. I’ve got a dad, a mom, and a sister. There is Donnie – we found him. And Darwin, he found us. Oh yeah, about our house – it moves, because we travel all over the world. You see, my dad hosts this nature show, and my mom shoots it. Okay, so we’re not that average. And between you and me, something amazing happened… and now I can talk to animals. It’s really cool, but totally secret. And you know what? Life’s never been the same.

totally secret

Since Eliza’s sister is totally lame and her parents are usually working that leaves Eliza and Darwin to roam whatever land they are in and well….talk to animals.


Now meet Tippi Degré:



Tippi was born in Namibia, Africa to two French wildlife photographers.


Since the African desert isn’t necessarily crawling with children, Tippi found her companionship elsewhere.


This includes a 28-year-old African elephant named Abu



A leopard named J&B


jealous yet?



And a whole slew of other wildlife too




Tippi did make human friends too with the tribespeople of Kalahai.





She just generally lived an awesome childhood and I will be forever envious because my tamagotchis no longer seem cool



Tippi, currently 22 and living in Paris is studying cinema. You can check out her book Tippi of Africa.


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