“It’s just the most amazing thing that we could ever do,” she said.
Producers say the show will feature Steve Irwin in scenes shot before he was killed by a stingray last fall while filming one of his popular television documentaries.
Irwin’s widow, Terri, said her husband would have been very proud of his daughter’s debut. The series will air on the Discovery Kids Channel in the United States and the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
“I think he would have said, `Crikey mate, I couldn’t wait for Bindi to take over,”’ Terri Irwin said.
Bindi was being groomed as Irwin’s successor in his TV and conservation business, which includes a family run animal park at Beerwah in Queensland state.
“Bindi’s been filming with us since she first hatched,” Terri Irwin said. “It was a natural progression to be doing her own shows, and Steve was involved with the first seven episodes.”
“He really enjoyed watching Bindi doing and showcasing the wildlife that he worked with for so many years,” she said. “It gave him great pleasure.”
“Bindi: The Jungle Girl” premieres June 9 on the Discovery Kids Channel.
Bindi will also host “My Daddy the Croc Hunter,” a one-hour special to air June 8 on the Animal Planet.