Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday
IT'S hard to believe for anyone who can remember when little Bindi Sue Irwin was born to Australia Zoo's Steve and Terri but the Jungle Girl turns 18 this Sunday, July 24.
Daddy's little girl grew up fast when Steve was killed by a stingray barb while filming a documentary in 2006.
She and her younger brother, Robert, have stepped up to help their mum keep the Zoo and their favourite topic, wildlife conservation, in the public eye.
Last year, Bindi proved to be an international star when she won America's Dancing with the Stars program.
Although she is happy to go public when promoting the Zoo, Bindi is a little more elusive when off-duty.
She and professional wakeboarder Chandler Powell are said to be an item and the gossip pages love to snap up a photo of the two on an outing.
Although no longer the little girl with the gap-toothed smile and pig-tails, Bindi still charms the camera.
1. Beautiful baby, 1997
Bindi posted this photo of herself at only a few months old with her mother, Terri, on Instagram this week to mark her mum's 52nd birthday with this message: "Happy Birthday to the strongest and most beautiful woman I know. Thank you for being my mother. You inspire me every day. I love you".
2. Little doll, March 13, 2001
Bindi, not quite three years old, and her mother, Terri, show off some Steve and Terri dolls that were part of the merchandise at Australia Zoo.
3. Birthday fun, July 25, 2002
Bindi squeals with excitement at her fourth birthday party with her late dad, Steve.
4. Daddy's girl, April 17, 2003
Despite the crowds and cameras, Bindi, coming up to five years old, was not shy in giving her dad a cuddle at an Australia Zoo breakfast.
5. Best mates, January 3, 2004
Dad's shoulder seemed to be a favourite place for Bindi, then aged five. She was helping him at a press conference.
6. Catching a wave, July 24, 2005
Waving to the crowd at her seventh birthday party in the middle of the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo. Her and Roberts' big birthday party shows have become a tradition at the Zoo.
7. A star is born, April 13, 2006
Bindi, aged seven, took to being the star of a show just like her father did, and sang and danced in a show with the Crocmen in the Crocoseum in front of a packed house of 5000 without one glitch.
8. Big shoes, September 9, 2006
Dry eyes were hard to find when eight-year-old Bindi took to the stage at Australia Zoo to make a speech at memorial service for her father, Steve, after he was tragically killed by a stingray while filming a documentary.
9. Kiss and tell, May 25, 2007
Crimped pigtails were the go as Bindy, eight, gave an elephant a peck on the trunk at a press conference to promote the launch of her television show, The Jungle Girl.
10. Shining star, May 5, 2008
At nine, Bindi beat more experienced actresses to win the Most Popular New Female Talent gong at the Australia Logie Awards for her show, The Jungle Girl. She even made a sweet dedication to her mum and dad "because they are my two most loved people... they are my moon and my stars and they will always be my best friends and my parents."
10. Three's company, November 6, 2008
Bindi, 10, and her brother, Robert, and mum, Terri, with a rhino for company, launch Steve Irwin Day, an annual tribute to their father and husband, at Australia Zoo.
11. Chip off the old block, July 24, 2009
Like a mini version of her dad, Bindi gives the thumbs up at her 11th birthday party.
12. Crowd favourite, July 24, 2010
Crowds swarmed to get a photo with the birthday girl at her 12th birthday bash.
13. Jungle girl grows up, November 18, 2011
Striking a pose aged 13 with Basil the Sumatran tiger.
14. Saying cheese, September 17, 2012
It's hard to tell who is happiest as Bindi, 14, feeds William the Cheetah.
15. Getting the jump, April 29, 2013
Bindi, 14, mans the tape in her and Robert's first alligator jump with their mum, Terri, in control.
16. Willife warrior, June 12, 2014
In the lead-up to her 16th birthday, Bindi posed for this photo with a Sunshine Coast Daily photographer to accompany a profile story.
17. Winning over America, November 30, 2015
Bindi Irwin and her dance partner, Derek Hough, won America's Dancing with the Stars program for 2015. Their perfect score of 30 for a Cha Cha Argentine Tango had them tied former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter but she was pushed ahead by audience votes.
Afterwards, she thanked her supporters.
"Here I am given this opportunity to remember moments in my life that I never thought I'd really be able to look at and smile," she said.
"I never thought I'd be given that chance. Thank you for changing my life."
Her dance partner Hough said he had never seen anyone like her.
"She looks at the challenge in the face and she smiles at it."
18. Keeping it in the family, 2016
Bindi regularly fronts up to promote the family business. She and her mum, along with Australia Zoo's head of big cats Geoff Neubecker, introduced the Zoo's second set of tiger clubs, Scout (pictured) and Delilah to the world earlier this year.