Television host, conservationist. Born Bindi Sue Irwin on July 24, 1998, in Queensland, Australia. Daughter of the late conservationist, television personality, and animal adventurer Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps. She hosts two educational programs on animals and has made numerous other television appearances.
With her parents running the Australia Zoo, Irwin grew up with animals around all. Even her name—which means “young girl” in the language of Australia Aborigines—came from her parents’ love of animals. Bindi was the name of her father’s favorite crocodile. Starring on his own popular wildlife television series, The Crocodile Hunter, he was known for working with all sorts of deadly creatures, including spiders, lizards, and his beloved crocodiles. Steve Irwin died in 2006 after being stung by a stingray while snorkeling near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Before his death, he and Bindi had been working on a wildlife show for children, which featured Bindi as the host.
Despite her loss, Irwin eventually returned to working on her new show. From the first episode of Bindi: The Jungle Girl, which debuted the cable network Discovery Kids in 2007, it was clear that she has inherited her father’s fearlessness, handling snakes and other creatures with ease. The program is intended to educate young viewers about wildlife and their habitats. She also appears with her mother on Planet’s Best With Terri and Bindi on the cable network Animal Planet.
Off-screen, Irwin is home schooled and likes to write. She also enjoys dancing and singing and sometimes performs at the Australia Zoo and other events. A budding animal activist, she supports Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a conservation group started by her father.
Irwin lives in Australia with her mother and her younger brother, Robert.