Otherwise known as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, Austrailian TV personality Steve Irwin made his name on a number of popular wildlife documentaries including Croc Files (1999-2001) and the aptly-named ‘The Crocodile Hunter Diaries’ (2002-2006).
Married to Terri, the couple had two children; Bindi and Robert, but the world was left devastated for his family when Steve tragically passed away after being pierced in the heart by a stingray while filming for the TV show, Oceans’ Deadliest in 2006.
It was obvious that Steve was a family man and once claimed that his eldest child Bindi’s birth was “the reason he was put on the Earth”.
After her father’s passing, Bindi decided to continue with his work as a legacy to all he had achieved, by appearing in many similar television programmes. Before her father’s death, Bindi had already begun following in his footsteps in which she presented a 26-part documentary series titled ‘Bindi the Jungle Girl’.
As a tribute her dad, she went on to appear in a one-off TV special named ‘My Daddy the Crocodile Hunter’ in 2007 and even released two fitness DVDs for children in the same year.
As a child, Bindi told TV host Larry King on Larry King Live that she adored being homeschooled and her favourite subject was Creative Writing. The family founded their own charity in 2002 known as ‘Wildlife Warriors’ and Bindi currently dedicates 10% of her wages to the cause.
Although wildlife is her main interest, Bindi has also had her sights set on various other career paths. In 2010, she tried her hand at acting after starring in the film Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove playing the tole of Kirra. In 2012, she also starred in the sequel to Nim’s Island, in which she was re-cast in the title role.
In 2012, Bindi returned to her presenting roots and hosted the series Bindi’s Bootcamp in which contestants were forced to take part in adventure challenges and test out their wildlife knowledge within various rounds.
It was in 2015 however, when she truly gained the attention of the world after becoming a contestant in the American show, Dancing With the Stars. As Bindi was so young at the time, she had to be granted special permission to take part in the show from the California Courts, which was luckily approved. Although she was just 16 years old at the time, Bindi won season 21 of the reality series with dance partner Derek Hough.
Due to her incredible works over the years and despite still being only in her teens, the 19-year-old has gained a whopping 1.5 million followers on Instagram in which her feed is made up of wildlife photos (obviously!) and glamorous selfies.
This week, Bindi announced that a brand-new TV show in honour of her father is set to be broadcast in the near future within the Animal Planet series.
The series will showcase special clips of her dad in action; in which most of the footage has been plucked from his own TV appearances throughout his lengthy career. It will also give an insight into the lives of Bindi, Robert, and Terri as they run Australia Zoo.
Discussing the new venture, Bindi posted online: “A new chapter in our lives has begun as we embark on this journey with Animal Planet. There is so much on the horizon. We can’t wait to share our story as a family.”
Terri also went on to admit that the zoo hasn’t been the same since Steve passed, but the family are still focused on maintaining his legacy and doing the best they possibly can under the circumstances: “It’s still very family-run.” she said. “Robert “is out visiting the zoo animals every day. He’s so much like his dad.”
Robert also went on to add: “Every single animal here at Australia Zoo truly is like family to us,” Robert explained. “I just love it here. Every day is a new adventure.”
At the time of Steve’s death, Bindi was just eight years old and recently posted an emotional clip of her father talking about the only reason he would ever give up his job. She admitted that she had never before seen the interview.
“When my children can take the football that I call wildlife conversation and run it up. When they’re ready to run up our mission, I will gladly step aside” he said.
“And I guarantee you it will be the proudest moment of my life. My job will be done and then, and only then, will I know that I have achieved my ultimate goal — to be able to stand aside and let them run up my mission.”
Thousand of fans commented dom Bindi’s post, while one huge star also went on to tweet about the clip via his Twitter page. Within a tweet, Russell Crowe posted: ‘Ah , talk about a super bowl day moment … what a top bloke … tough as nails, heart on his sleeve, never a wasted breath, full of love and man could he make me laugh …’
Within the caption on her Instagram post, Bindi wrote:
‘My first time watching this footage was only a few days ago. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the amount of emotion in my heart once the video ended. My dad. My superhero’ she wrote.
‘I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever,” she vowed. “A new chapter in our lives has begun as we embark on this journey with @animalplanet. There is so much on the horizon. We can’t wait to share our story as a family #WildlifeWarriors.’
Talking to People, Steve’s widow Terri admitted that she hasn’t been interested in finding love again and hasn’t actually been on a date in 27 years:
“I think it’s wonderful when people who have lost someone find love again, but I’m not personally looking, and I haven’t been on a date in 27 years,” she said.
“In fact, it’s been so long, I’ve had a couple of lovely women ask me out because they figured that’s the case. But I’m content. I have two beautiful kids, a really full plate. I’ve already had my happily ever after.”