The 17-year-old took to Instagram on Sunday

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Bindi Irwin has paid a loving tribute to her late father, Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin.

Irwin’s father died in 2006 when she was just 8, after he was stung by a stingray while filming a documentary at Batt Reef.

The 17-year-old – who is competing in this year’s Dancing with the Stars posted a throwback picture of her dad on Sunday [Father’s Day in Australia, Steve died just days before on Sept. 4].

“Thinking about home today,” she wrote. “Father’s Day is today in Australia and everyone is celebrating at Australia Zoo. It’s such a special time of year, I hope everyone who comes to the zoo today is able to enjoy it with our gorgeous animals. No matter where I am in the world, this day means such a lot to me. My heart forever lives @AustraliaZoo – just like Dad’s always did.”

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Irwin will be taking to the dance floor with Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars and the 30-year-old choreographer has already praised his celebrity partner.