Wildlife fans around the world were shocked when Australia’s internationally renowned Crocodile Hunter died after his heart was pierced by a stingray barb.
His daughter Bindi has used her fame to continue the great work of her late father and has attracted a legion of her own fans through her wildlife work and as a singer and actress.
Now, the 20 year old has also shared an emotional tribute to her father 12 years after his death.
She was just 8 years old when the tragic accident took The Crocodile Hunter host’s life. Since his death she has carried out conservationist work with charities created by the Irwin family, as well as the Australia Zoo in Queensland, which they own.
Bindi posted a photo of her family to commemorate the 12th anniversary of Steve’s death. “Together Forever ❤”
Bindi’s social media is full of pictures with her father, she is very close to her family and speaks highly of the great job her mother did in raising her and her brother Robert after her father’s passing.
Steve was the host of Animal Planet’s “The Crocodile Hunter.” He appeared with Bindi in her wildlife documentary show for Discovery Kids called “Bindi the Jungle Girl,” which didn’t air until after his death.
At a public memorial service in his honor, Bindi was so young but gave the most incredible speech honoring her father saying: “He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did. He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live… We filmed together, caught crocodiles together, and loved being in the bush together. I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.”
Bindi stayed true to her word and continued to carry on her father’s good work with wildlife conservation work of her own. She also donates 10% of her wages at the Australia Zoo to her family’s charity, Wildlife Warriors, which was founded in 2002.
She was honored with the Australian Geographic Society’s Young Conservationist of the Year Award in 2014.
In 2015 she won “Dancing With the Stars” with partner Derek Hough. During her appearance Bindi opened up about how emotional losing her father was. “No matter where I go, Dad will always be with me,” she said prior to a performance on the show.
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The last two weeks have been beyond my wildest dreams. We unveiled Dad’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, caught up with The Tonight Show, celebrated our Steve Irwin Gala Dinner, opened the John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward at our Wildlife Hospital and last night I hugged my Dancing with the Stars family in the ballroom. I’d say our time in the USA was a glorious success and beautiful chapter in our lives.
Bindi is such a great role model is so many ways; I’m sure her father is looking down on her so proud of the young woman she has become. Please share as a tribute to this great family.