BINDI Irwin had a childhood only most of us could dream of, surrounded by wild animals and working in the family zoo.
But now the star is all grown up – she is continuing in her parent’s footsteps and carrying on dad Steve’s legacy at the Australia Zoo.
Most of us will remember Bindi, 23, as a fresh-faced youngster mucking in with her father, the late Steve Irwin, in various animal enclosures.
Now the wildlife lover is not only married, to husband Chandler Powell, but has a baby daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.
Bindi welcomed her first child on March 25 on the first anniversary of her wedding to childhood sweetheart Chandler.
The new mum says on the zoo website that she was surrounded by wildlife “from the moment she was born” – something she plans to carry on with Grace.
“Our conservation work has been my life since the very beginning,” she writes of her ongoing passion for wildlife at the Australia Zoo.
But what is her life actually like at the Home of the Crocodile Hunter? Here we take a closer look at the young family’s picturesque life.
Idyllic life at the zoo
Bindi, the first child of TV star and conservationist Steve Irwin and his wife Terri, was born on 24 July 1988 and was brought up at Australia Zoo.
She appeared on screen on Steve’s wildlife show The Crocodile Hunter Diaries from the age of two, and starred in her own show Bindi: The Jungle Girl, aged seven.
Just a year later, her dad Steve tragically passed away after being poisoned by a stingray while shooting a documentary.
Since then, the brave young star has been dedicated to continuing her late father’s legacy with conservation work and educational TV series.
The Crocodile Hunter’s daughter met the love of her life, professional wakeboarder Chandler, while carrying out her daily duties at the zoo.
In 2013, he paid a visit to the Irwin family zoo and was given a tour by Bindi, who he went on to take out for a date weeks later.
The couple enjoyed a long-distance relationship for five years after Chandler returned to Florida to continue his schooling at home.
He then moved from America to Queensland in 2018 to join Bindi and live at the Australia Zoo – where they have remained ever since.
“We’ve had him jumping on crocodiles and feeding alligators. I think I have found my one, and I’m so lucky,” she said of her beau at the time.
The following year, Chandler got down on one knee and popped the question to wildlife-lover Bindi, with a diamond ring made from recycled materials.
A new baby Crocodile Hunter
The couple tied the knot just six months after getting engaged, with Bindi’s pregnancy announcement quickly following on in August 2020.
Bindi and Chandler celebrated their first wedding anniversary with the birth of their beautiful baby girl Grace on March 25, 2021.
The proud new mum shared the news on Instagram to her adoring fans, revealing she named her first child after her great-grandmother.
She also revealed the meaning behind her child’s middle names, explaining: “Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy.”
“Her last name is Powell, and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad,” Dancing with the Stars contestant Bindi added.
The newborn has already spent plenty of time at the zoo, with Grace seen being taken around in her pram in June by her doting parents.
“Our sweet girl snuggly and adventuring through Australia Zoo,” Bindi wrote under a photo of her daughter. “Giggling when we talk about all the animals we’re strolling by.:”
Bindi recently revealed her hopes for her hopes for her daughter, admitting that she wants her to embrace life amongst the animals.
She told The Bump: “We’ve been tremendously lucky to learn about how to care for so many different animals and educate others on conservation.
“My dad was the first person to create the term ‘Wildlife Warrior’. Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. We’ve been referring to our daughter as our Baby Wildlife Warrior.
“I know in my heart that she will forge her own path to make our planet a better place through her connections with the gorgeous animals that we protect here at Australia Zoo and the conservation work we do with animal species around the globe.”
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