Bindi Irwin is paying special homage to her late father, Steve Irwin.
The 24-year-old Australian zookeeper celebrated World Elephant Day by paying tribute to her father in a touching statement she posted on Instagram on Friday (local time). She added, “Dad in Africa, filming for The Crocodile Hunter in the early 2000s,” next to an old photo of the adored wildlife expert.
Further Bindi: “Knowing you’ve encountered enchantment when you’re in the midst of these enormous angels. We must consider our effects on the earth and how they affect other species on this #WorldElephantDay and every day. On us, their future depends.”
The Crocodile Hunter actor can be seen in the ancient photograph sitting cross-legged in the center of a desolate area as storm clouds loom in the distance, a line of both adult and baby elephants in front of him, and gazing upward at the sky.
Pictures from Bindi Irwin’s heartfelt post mourning the passing of a “beautiful family member” (Daily Mail)
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Bindi’s family, which consists of her brother Robert and mother Terri, discussed establishing Crocodile Lodge at the Australia Zoo, where the family both works and resides, with PEOPLE in June.
“Terri, 58, told PEOPLE that Steve had a business strategy for Australia Zoo that called for lodging where visitors could see our stunning wildlife. Terri subsequently added: “We used a lot of repurposed materials, including timber from Australia Zoo’s Crocodile Environmental Park that Steve created. Steve and I originally met in 1991 at the Environmental Park.”
Associated Video Bob Irwin and Bindi On Steve Irwin Day, post heartfelt tributes to your late father saying, “I Still Look Up to Him.” “Thousands of native blooming trees, including those that are gravely endangered and in risk of going extinct, have been planted. The entire facility is so dedicated to conservation, which was Dad’s passion “Bindi stated.
Robert said, “Dad would be so pleased of the lodge, and of Mum for realizing his goal.”
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