Bindi Irwin carries on for her father with her own TV show

Bindi Irwin made a pledge upon her father’s death, stating that she would carry on her father’s charity, which is aimed at raising funds for the protection of wild animals, and would continue his life’s work exploring wildlife and it’s inhabitants. Bindi, the daughter of Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, recently killed by a stingray barb, and his wife Terri, has taken that pledge to a new level and is shooting her very own TV show called Bindi, the Jungle Girl.

"I’m trying to get across the message that don’t be afraid of animals, they’re just put on this earth to help the environment and everything like that," Bindi told ABC’s Australian Story. "Bindi the Jungle Girl is really lucky because she lives in a tree-house and she gets lots of animals in and out," Bindi tells Australian Story of her character. "She hangs out with lots of wildlife. She just loves kissing a koala or hugging a snake."

The 26-part documentary is scheduled to air next January on the Discovery Kids network. Steve will even make a few appearances in segments that he shot before his September death.

"We’ll never refer to the fact that Steve is no longer with us," says Steve’s former manager, John Stainton. "The way that it works is that Steve plays co-star to Bindi. It’s just the little reactions that she gives to her Dad who’s, you know, doing sort of silly stuff."

The opening sequence of Bindi, The Jungle Girl, includes a song with lyrics that refer to Steve’s legacy, Bindi: "The Croc Hunter taught her/ and now his only daughter/ is Bindi the Jungle Girl."

Despite being only 8-years-old, Bindi has put on a very brave face since the death of her father and has kept us appearances in his name, even attending the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.

"Bindi’s an amazing little girl," says her grandfather, Bob Irwin. "She is a real professional. The thing about Bindi is, she seems to enjoy it."

Wes Manion, Steve’s best friend adds, "Filming for her is very much like other kids’ soccer. … Bindi has been basically going, ‘Come on, I want to start filming again, I want to start getting out there, I want to start spreading Dad’s message.’ And I think that’s part of her way of coping as well."

Source: People

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