Bindi Irwin Hopes to Honor Dad on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Bindi's father, cultural icon Steve Irwin died when she was 8 years old and she has fought to preserve his memory.
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One of the new stars on "Dancing with the stars" tonight distinguishes herself not only by her dexterity and grace but also by her avowed hatred of high heels and a backstory that is both fascinating and tragic. She is bindi Irwin, daw of the famous crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. She sat down with ABC's nick watt. ? Crocodile rock ? Reporter: Bindi Irwin never danced before. After a few weeks' training looks like she knows what she's doing. You are a god, a god! Reporter: Why is a 17-year-old aussie, outback animal lover, high heel hater, dancing with Derek, risking a turned ankle and a bruised ego on "Dancing with the stars"? She's here because of her dad. Dad always said, I don't care if people remember me, I care if theme remembpeople remember my message. As a family that is what we've tried to focus on. Standing up and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. So as a family, I think that it's probably two weeks after dad passed away that I said to mom, when are we going to start filming again? Reporter: Dad was cultural icon Steve Irwin. Oh, crikey! Reporter: Host of the smash national hit "The crocodile hunter." He's constricting my head. Reporter: Steve was a human hurricane. Whoo-hoo! Reporter: Killed by a stingray in 2006 when bindi was 8 years old. Is it ever in the back of your mind when you're wrestling a crocodile that something similar might happen to you? It's never really been a thought to me. We're always careful. And it's just what we love. Reporter: Bindi posted this photo on Australia's father's day saying in part, no matter where I am in the world, this day means such a lot to me. My heart forever lives at Australia zoo. Just like dad's always did. You instagramed what for me is the classic picture of your dad. You know, the short-shorts, the hair. Yeah. And salt water crocodiles. Is that who he still is for you? That is dad. Honestly, that was -- that was dad, completely. I mean, what you saw is who he was. These guys are so cute because they get all puffy when you're trying to save them and move them. Reporter: Many of us, me included, bumble through life unclear of our calling. Not bindi Irwin. I think I'm able to use all these different avenues to spread my me gers and cars and things laic that that make me nervous, really. Reporter: Steve did die because of an interaction with wild-. About once every 75 years, someone is killed from a stingray in first of all. So, I mean, what a freak accident. You keep waiting for him to come home, ha ha, I've just been away for this long, gotcha! That was probably one of the hardest things. Now we've reached this point where we're able to look back and revel in all the good times we had. Our lives were captured on camera. Reporter: Steve did create a little controversy with stunts like this 2004 incident at their zoo. Crocs and bindi's baby brother Robert. Is your brother the same? Robert is the same. Robert's really interesting. He's the scientist of the family. And many people don't know that dad was quite science-minded as well. And he was so clever. So he gets that from your dad, and you get this from your dad? The passion! It's true. I think that it's like -- I am a living hurricane. Just like dad. Reporter: At 17, she's helping mom keep Steve's memory and the now 1,500-acre Australia zoo alive. We're the busiest wildlife hospital on planet Earth. Reporter: Rescued and rehabbed 58,000 animals in the past 11 years. When Steve and I first married he said to me, if anything ever happens to me, would you please keep the zoo going? I really -- I felt fear with the grief. Can I do this? For me, it took a lot of courage. But I couldn't imagine doing anything else. We have conservation projects globally. Helping animals like rhinos in ken de, tigers in sumatra. We work with elephants in cambod Cambodia. It's a phenomenal, phenomenal project. We actually have friends with this little guy because they're found in Australia. Reporter: Seems like everyone they meet they try to win over to the conservation cause. Bindi taking time here at the grove in L.A. To chat to passersby and cure my hatred of snakes. Everything loves you. They're trying to win me over. Hilarious. They realize I don't really like them. That is really special. They're trying to win me over. That is really special. The animals seem to love you. Reporter: She's trying to flatter me into caring. He really likes you. He genuinely -- look at that. Sincerely. Every time we lose an animal species it's like losing a brick from the house. Soon the house just falls down. Reporter: You're always going to be fighting a battle. You're never going to win. Is there going to be a day you declare victory? Yeah, that is true, and I always think that. Kind of one of those things that you're never going to wake and up say, well, that's it, I've saved the world, I'm done, now I'm going to be an astronaut. Or a pro dancer. Or a pro dancer, exactly. I think that I'm able to use all these different avenues to spread my message. I don't have been starting from ground zero dancing-wise. We've got some work to do here. But it doesn't feel like work because it's just so enjoyable. ? Crocodile rock ?stage. I've done my job. Reporter: On camera when was just a few weeks old on her dad's show. "Theco crodile erhunt." Imals. So I think that when you grow up like that, that's the Normal thing. Whereas coming here to L.A., I nd fit THA I'minav hg a bit O icdiffulty adjusting. You've seen the movie

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