With a dad like Steve Irwin, it’s no surprise his daughter Bindi shares his love for animals, and she just shared the cutest picture from her childhood, most which she spent growing up amongst wildlife.
“Little me and an even smaller orphaned koala joey at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital,” she captioned a photo of her younger self cradling a baby koala. “Growing up with wildlife has been the greatest blessing.”
Following her father’s tragic passing in 2006 after a stingray’s barb pierced his heart, Bindi and her mother Terri and brother Robert carried on his legacy by maintaining and running the family’s Australia Zoo. Last month, they announced another exciting venture that will honor Steve: they’re returning to the Animal Planet 21 years after his hit show “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996.
“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” Animal Planet general manager Patrice Andrews said in a statement. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today.”
“The Crocodile Hunter” aired from 1996-2007. The husband and wife duo co-hosted the show and their two children frequently made appearances. The family was ever-present on the network, and other shows the Irwins hosted included “Croc Files” and “New Breed Vets.”
Now, Bindi, Terri and Robert are in talks with Discovery Communications on a brand new TV project for the Animal Planet. The family is extremely excited for what’s in store, and so are we!