When Steve Irwin passed away on September 4, 2006, he left behind a loving family that consisted of his wife, Terri Irwin, his 8-year-old daughter, Bindi Irwin, and his 3-year-old son, Robert Irwin. His death, which was the result of a stingray injury came as a shock to everyone – but he died doing what he loved.
Considering how passionate he was about the preservation of wildlife, it’s no surprise to see his family continuing his legacy now 17 years later. His wife still owns and operates the Australia Zoo, which her husband inherited from his parents – who were just as passionate about wildlife preservation as he was.
Now only that, but his two children have followed in their father’s footsteps and are continuing to wear their family name proud. Bindi, now 24 years old, and Robert, now 19 years old, are both involved in the day-to-day operations of the zoo and document their adventures on their TV series Crikey! It’s the Irwins.
And while Robert Irwin and Bindi Irwin continue to honor their father’s legacy, there’s a new generation of wildlife conservationists in the making now that Bindi has a child of her own. She welcomed her daughter, Grace Warrior, on March 25, 2021 with husband Chandler Powell – they married on March 25, 2020.
Grace has already grown accustomed to life at the Australian Zoo. In 2021, the family refurbished their aviary at the zoo – which houses 170 birds of 19 different species – and renamed it Grace’s Bird Garden. It was originally named Rainforest Aviary, but they wanted to honor the newest addition to their family.
More recently, the family celebrated Grace’s second birthday by holding an event at the Australian Zoo – which was fit with appearances by Bluey and Bingo, a safari-like obstacle course, a plant workshop, special birthday performances, free cupcakes, clay workshops, caricature artists, and so much more.
On Tuesday, Bindi Irwin took to her social media account to share a photo of her as a child and compared it to a photo of Grace – both of whom were pictured next to a tortoise. “Holding my newborn daughter wondering if she’ll love wildlife like I did growing up,” she wrote – appearing to answer her own question.
Robert Irwin Feeds Alligators While His Niece Watches
Bindi Irwin isn’t the only one teaching her daughter about the ways of wildlife. Her brother, Robert Irwin – who is a spitting image of his late father – is also showing Grace the ropes. Last week, the 19-year-old posted a video of him feeding an alligator while his sister and niece watched from a safe distance.
“Grace is gonna watch feeding the alligators,” Robert says at the beginning of the video – to which Grace responded, “Kachow!” With Robert and Chandler (Grace’s father) jumping the fence to get to the alligator, Grace can be heard counting the alligators from the other side of the fence – proving she’s a born natural.
Robert went on to give a brief demonstration of one of his alligators, who they named Daisy. “They’re really sweet. My dad called them frogs with shark teeth because that’s pretty much what they are,” he said – referencing his father, Steve Irwin, as he showed off the alligator’s long tail and gigantic teeth.
After Robert gives the alligator a snack, he walks back up to the fence where Bindi was holding Grace. “Grace, what did you think?” asked Robert – to which Grace responded, “Love you, Daisy.” Who knows, maybe we’ll see Grace feeding alligators when she’s 19 – though we still have 17 years to go!
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