Bindi Irwin was 2 when she realised her family was very different from others: 'It's certainly not common'

Animal Planet and Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesBindi has grown up surrounded by animals.
  • Bindi Irwin grew up on a zoo.
  • She still lives and works there to this day.
  • She was still a toddler when she realised that her experience wasn’t common.

Bindi Irwin was relatively young when she realised her everyday life was different than most kids.

“Every day I’d wake up and I’d end up at the zoo again and think, ‘Wow, this is great,'” she told INSIDER. “Then when I was about 2 years old, it dawned on me, ‘We really live here. This is going to be the rest of my life.’ It was so exciting.”

Bindi, the daughter of late conservationist and TV personality Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, grew up in Australia Zoo. It was opened by her grandparents Bob and Lyn Irwin. The 20-year-old continues to live and work at the zoo with her mum, Terri, who is the new zoo owner, and younger brother, Robert.

“Growing up, I was in with every animal, and I still am to this day,” she said. “I think our life is our normal, but it’s certainly not common. Our everyday is constantly changing and always exciting. But I think it’s just who we are. Our conservation work isn’t just what we do, it’s a part of us.”

The Irwin family’s life at the zoo and conservation efforts is the basis for their new Animal Planet show, “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” which premieres Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.

“We’ll be reflecting on everything that dad was so passionate in,” she said. “It reminds us all exactly why we do what we do…Dad coined the phrase ‘Wildlife Warriors,’ which is absolutely what we are.”

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