‘Dad was just so excited about life’: Bindi Irwin reflects on father’s legacy, new show

Long Lunch 06/12/2018
Steve, Bindi and Terri Irwin. Photo: File.

With his blonde mullet, Aussie larrikin turn of phrase and khaki shorts and shirts, Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin was a celebrity conservationist recognised the world over thanks to his hit shows on Animal Planet.

But 12 years ago, at the height of his fame, and at the age of just 44, he tragically died after being pierced through the heart by a stingray barb while filming off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Steve's daughter, Bindi, was just 8 years old when she lost her dad, but together with her mum Terri and little brother Bob, she has continued his legacy.

Dad was the best at enjoying each moment as if it was his last.

Bindi, now 20 years old, is following in her late father's famous Safari-booted footsteps, both in his conservation work with animals at the family's zoo and as a media celebrity.

“My whole life being documented is very unique and something that I’m really glad worked out for us as a family. We’ve been able to share our journey and story with so many people all over the world since I can remember – that’s something that is really important to us,” Bindi told RadioLIVE.

“It is really special for me and for my wonderful brother, Robert, to be able to have all of these amazing memories captured on camera.”

Bindi, Steve and Robert Irwin. Photo: File.

The family are starring in a new 14-part series called Crikey! It's the Irwins, which gives viewers an all-access pass to the family's life and conservation work.

“All of the footage you see on Crikey! It’s the Irwins is just such an adventure, and what’s really great is that you can watch what we’re doing today and be able to reflect on what Dad achieved as well. I really feel like he’s a part of everything we do,” she said.

Bindi says viewers will be reminded of all the work her father did and his continued legacy on being a wildlife warrior.

“Losing Dad at such an early age gave me great perspective that life is short and sometimes you have to rebel in every moment that you’re given.

“Dad was just so excited about life,” Bindi told RadioLIVE.

Listen to the full interview with Bindi Irwin above.

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