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“I’m ever so lucky because I have so much footage of my dad in the treehouse with me,” she says. Then she adds softly, “which is very nice to have because some people only have like one or two pictures of their father or the one who died.”

She was barely 8 when her father was killed by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef last September.

The two already had begun working together on what would become “Bindi: The Jungle Girl,” and Steve Irwin is featured prominently in early episodes doing such things as climbing trees to visit the nests of endangered orangutans. In one comical moment, a nest’s startled resident briefly shakes a fist in Mr. Irwin’s face before deciding he’s all right.

Almost from the day Bindi was born, says her mother, Terri Irwin, she has embraced exotic animals with the same passion her father had.

Steve was so excited,” she recalls. “He kept saying, ‘I’m really looking forward to the day when Bindi takes over for me and I can just kick back.”’

Still, in many ways, she adds, her daughter is just a typical girl, one who keeps busy with school and pesters her family from time to time for a pony to go with Peru the iguana and the other exotic animals.

As for taking up her famous father’s legacy at such a tender age, Bindi doesn’t see it as a big deal. She began accompanying him on film shoots when she was just 6 days old and learned early on, she says, what her life’s work would be.

“I’ve always wanted to teach people about animal conservation,” she said. “I want to follow in my father’s footsteps. I loved him so very, very much.”