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Living at the zoo founded by her grandparents, Bindi Irwin is now 17. Ms. Irwin has been in the limelight since birth and in the years after her father’s ghastly death in 2006, she has carried on his dreams for her. Steve Irwin was known for his programs which brought viewers up close to wildlife. He was the creator and face of the program entitled The Crocodile Hunter. His children are growing up at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, which is where Mr. Irwin himself also grew up. He was eight years old when the zoo was opened by his parents.
He named his daughter after his favorite crocodile at the zoo, Bindi the Saltwater Crocodile. This crocodile is best known for the viciously protective mothering of her nest.
Ms. Irwin celebrated the opening of Bindi’s Island at the zoo on Australia’s Boxing Day in December 2014. The island was her father’s idea, and he had begun working on it prior to his death. The main feature is a “three-story tree house” which offers a “360-degree view” of the zoo from the top. The tree house was inspired by the 2013 movie Return to Nim’s Island starring Bindi Irwin. The island also offers the opportunity to see Ring-tailed Lemurs and the antics Lemurs are known for, as well as many other zoo animals.
Prior to her father’s death, she was a regular on The Crocodile Hunter. According to Biography‘s website, this talented young woman is a television personality, an actress, and a writer. Ms. Irwin continues to perform in the years after the ghastly death of her father, honoring her father’s desire for her success.
Bindi’s Wildlife Adventures is one of the children’s book series written by Ms. Irwin. There are 15 books in the series. She has also written six books entitled, Bindi behind the scenes. Furthermore, she has made appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Larry King Live.
In 2002, she had a role on The Wiggles: Wiggly Safari. The Wiggles is an Australian band who also has a children’s program with the same name. In addition to Return to Nim’s Island, this young lady was also in the 2010 movie, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.
Starring as herself, Ms. Irwin was Bindi the Jungle Girl, which is a documentary series that aired 26 episodes between 2007 and 2008. She was only nine years old when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Series, for the same documentary series. She was a busy young lady in 2012, she did a voice-over on an episode of the children’s cartoon Curious George and hosted a game show called, Bindi’s Bootcamp. Ms. Irwin also performed in an episode of My Babysitter’s a Vampire.
On YouTube the actress and her brother, Robert, host videos showing the zoo’s wild animals called, Growing Up Wild. This young lady also released Bindi Kidfitness, which is a child-oriented exercise video. Additionally, she released Trouble in the Jungle, in 2007, singing with the backup group, The Crocmen on the hip-hop-style album. With different backup singers, The Jungle Girls, she performed at the Australian Zoo in December 2009.
Ms. Irwin is reported to donate 10 percent of her earnings to Wildlife Warriors, a charity her parents started in 2002. The charity’s vision is, “That people, wildlife, and habitat survive and prosper without being detrimental to the existence of others.” Their conservation projects include Australia’s Tasmanian Devils, marine life, such as the Australian Grey Nurse Shark and the Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In Asia, the projects include Cambodian elephants and Sumatran tigers. The projects in Africa include Black Rhinoceros and cheetahs. The charity also funds various research, especially crocodiles.
Currently, according to various sources, the crocodile hunter’s daughter is dating, dangling meat to hungry crocodiles on her 17th birthday and growing up. Her father once stated he wanted to be her co-star, and with her acting, writing and singing she is the star he wanted her to be. Ms. Irwin in the years after the ghastly death of her father has carried on her family’s interest in wildlife and conservation.
By Cathy Milne
Bio.: Steve Irwin Biography
Bio.: Bindi Irwin Biography
Holidays with Kids: Bindi’s Island at Austrailia Zoo
AUSTRAILIA ZOO: Reptiles; Bindi
AUSTRAILIA ZOO WILDLIFE WARRIORS: Vision & Mission
AUSTRAILIA ZOO WILDLIFE WARRIORS: CONSERVATION PROJECTS
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Inset Photo Credit Alexandre Lazaro’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License