Irwin lost her father in 2006 due to a stingray attack

By Brittany King
Updated June 20, 2016 11:40 AM
Credit: Source: Bindi Irwin/Instagram

“Nearly 10 years have passed since the untimely death of The Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, but his daughter Bindi‘s bond with her father is as strong as ever.

The former Dancing With the Stars champion took to Instagram on Sunday, to wish her late dad a Happy Father’s Day. The post featured a throwback photo of a young Bindi alongside Steve, waxing a surfboard with the caption: “I love you. I hope I’m making you proud.”

Steve died in 2006 after being fatally attacked by a stingray while filming a documentary off the coast of Australia.

Bindi, 17, hasn’t let the memory of her father fade in the slightest. A little over a month ago, she took to Instagram to promote her father’s role in a nonprofit organization called Wildlife Warriors, with a throwback photo of Steve holding a large lizard. Followed by launching the first-ever Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles to raise funds for the organization.

While attending the Gala in May, Bindi told PEOPLE that it’s wonderful to see how her father’s impact touched so many animal rights supporters.

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“It’s absolutely wonderful to see everything really come together,” said Bindi. “I think it’s been a huge process of planning, but we’ve loved every minute of it. We wanted to really make sure we captured the event perfectly. Everything that Dad stood for has kind of been showcased tonight, and that means a lot. So we wanted to make sure it was absolutely perfect.”

“I think that Dad was so wonderful because he was like this human hurricane – I can see a lot of that in myself,” she added. “I’m not a very patient person. If I want to do something, I have to do it right now! I kind of share the same love for all wildlife, and all wild places. I think those similarities are really, really strong.”