Back in September, a poised Bindi Irwin honored her father in front of the world during his funeral.
Nine months later, life is slowly getting back to normal for young Bindi and her family. And as Access Hollywood’s Tim Vincent found out in his latest interview, that means she’s living her life just like her dad.
“I get to be? be with my dad sort of still,” Bindi beamed of continuing her late father’s work with wildlife.
Young, beautiful and always smiling, 8-year-old Bindi celebrates her dad’s memory with the myriad moments they’ve captured together on film.
“I’m so lucky because I get to have all of these memories,” she told Tim. “I can have all of those pictures and different sorts of films and stuff. Some people have only one photo, and I’m really glad that I have all of that.”
Tim met up with Bindi, her mom Terri and 3-year-old brother Robert for a hands-on look at “The Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” exhibit inside New York’s Museum of Natural History, where Bindi showed us she inherited her father’s passion for animals.
“I love them very much. All animals big and small. You can name an ant for instance,” the exuberant Bindi told us.
“This is something you’re obviously passionate about. Is this something that you’re going to be doing in 10 years?” Tim asked her.
“Yes. I’m going to be doing exactly what I’m doing now teaching people about animals,” she insists.
In fact, Bindi will be helping everyone learn to love animals, carrying on her father’s conservationist crusade with her new show “Bindi: The Jungle Girl,” which airs on Discovery Kids.
“It’s about keeping animals in our environment. They can’t be on somebody’s purse or shoes or something?” Bindi noted.
Bindi’s entire family joins their little jungle girl on her show, with portions shot before her dad’s tragic passing.
Her little brother will also join Bindi in an upcoming special, “My Daddy the Croc Hunter” (airing on Animal Planet) which celebrates Steve’s memory and of course, the animals.
“So if you had a day off and there was one animal that you could hang out with, what would it be?” Tim asked Bindi.
“She’s pretty fond of gorillas because those silver backs remind her of daddy,” mom Terri noted.
“My papa,” Bindi smiled.
And as it turns out, Bindi isn’t the only one who thinks of their dad when she sees the large animals.
“We saw a beautiful statue of a gorilla, a big silver back gorilla, and Robert walked up to it and said, ‘Daddy,’” Terri added.