Since they were born, Bindi and Robert Irwin have always called Australia Zoo home — and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
There’s no place like home, especially if you live in a zoo.
“Our house is right in the middle — we have crocodiles on one side and tigers on the other,” says Bindi, 20. Her brother Robert, 15, also loves living side-by-side with so many exotic creatures.
“After school, I’ll go around on my scooter and jump in with the tortoises to say ‘g’day!’ or wrangle some snakes,” he says. “Every day is a new adventure.”
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With their new Animal Planet series Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Sundays at 8 p.m.) many of those adventures are caught on camera.
“It’s this quiet haven, and even though we live in the middle of the zoo, it’s the most peaceful place,” she says. “We are surrounded by wildlife and we’re never late for work.”
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For the family, carrying on the Crocodile Hunter’s legacy is always their first priority.
“Dad always said that he didn’t care if people remembered him, as long as they remembered his message,” says Bindi. “Every day we work with the beautiful animals at Australia Zoo and do the best we can possibly can to ensure dad’s dreams and goals continue.”