Bindi Irwin says she wishes her father, Steve Irwin, was around to 'help with bushfires'

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Bindi Irwin wishes her late father Steve Irwin was around to "give advice and strength" amid the ongoing Australian wildfires.

The late Crocodile Hunter passed away in 2006 after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb whilst filming a documentary, and as parts of his native Australia suffers devastating wildfires, his 21-year-old daughter Bindi can't help but wish he was around to help.

She wrote on Instagram: "Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia. I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires."

And although Steve isn't around, Bindi and her family - including mum Terri, brother Robert, and fiancé Chandler Powell - are doing what they can to continue his conservation efforts.

She added: "I know that his spirit lives on through our conservation work and I hope together we can make him proud."
Bindi previously spoke about the fires when she assured her social media followers that Australia Zoo - which is run by her family - is safe from the fires.

The conservationist also revealed she and her family have rescued and treated over 90,000 animals affected by the fire.
She wrote: "With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties.

"Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients. My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honour her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can. (sic)"

On Wednesday, it was reported that the death toll of animals killed by the fires has tragically surpassed an estimated one billion, which takes into account those killed in the fires, as well as those that will die from indirect causes such as starvation and dehydration.

How can you help support the Australian bushfire relief effort?

Make a donation to the Rural Fire Service in NSW

You can make a credit card donation to the RFS in NSW. RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers have been battling the fires and saving lives day and night and they need your help.

Donate to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal

The Salvation Army needs you to dig deep in support of those affected by devastating bushfires around Australia. Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams are responding to devastating bushfires around Australia as an unprecedented number of emergency-level fires cause tragic loss of life and property.

Click here to donate.

Donate to the Australian Red Cross

The Australian Red Cross does invaluable work supporting communities affected by the bushfires. Thanks to donations made so far, the charity has been able to deploy 1,285 trained staff and volunteers to disaster-affected communities.

Donate to FoodBank Victoria

FoodBank Victoria is providing much-needed food and water to both firefighters and those who have been left stranded by the fires. Click here to donate.

Donate to the Rural Fire Brigades Association in Queensland

Firefighters in Queensland have been working around the clock to try to stop the spread of the devastating bushfires in the state. You can help them by making a donation to the RFBA in Queensland by clicking here.

Donate to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

You can help koalas affected by the bushfires by making a donation to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital via their

Donate to WIRES

To help the NSW wildlife victims, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES)

Tell your friends in Australia to register on findabed.info

This website is connecting people in Australia who need a place to stay during the bushfires to those who can offer a bed and a safe space.

- Bang! Showbiz