Hey GirlMoguls – we had the chance to talk to Bindi Irwin, who’s a tween but has quite the reputation as a wildlife animal expert and rescurer. She gets to travel the world helping animals, plus she lives at the zoo (for real!) and has a new series of books based on her adventures – we got her to give us the dish on what’s it’s like to be a real life adventure-ess: (And You Can Buy Her Books Here: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Zoo-Bindi-Wildlife-Adventures/
Both! The idea behind the books was to write stories that were enjoyable to all kids and that were fictional, based on our family’s real life adventures.
It was a lot of fun helping with the books because I was a co-creator. I got to proofread the final copy of all of the books to make sure that the facts were correct and that the story line was how I wanted it to be. I also got to pick the animals and the storylines that the books were based on.
The first book, Trouble at the Zoo, is about my birthday at Australia Zoo and how it almost got ruined by a 10 year old boy trying to sneak one of our beautiful water dragons out of the zoo. It is fantastic!
The second book, Rescue, is about a trip to South Africa. My friend Hannah and I discover a nature preserve for the giant stable antelope that is being used for illegal hunting at night. It’s an exciting story!
You seem to have so much going on – books, TV, school – how do you balance it all? Can you give other tween girls tips on how they can achieve their dreams and stay focused on their goals?
My advice is a good education and willingness to volunteer and demonstrate passion. My dad always taught me that one man can make a difference, and I believe that one kid can make a difference too.
What’s been your favorite adventure?
When I was filming Free Willy I got to work with some incredible African wildlife. I also got to work with a little penguin called Englebert and he was quite the character. They used to get him to walk to the camera by putting some of his penguin friends behind the camera and he would waddle towards them. It was really very interesting working with trained animals as opposed to the wildlife I film with in documentaries.
Where so you see yourself in five and ten years?
When I get older, I would like to tackle bigger issues. I would like to tackle even greater issues that are troubling our planet. We have a lot of problems. The single greatest challenge we face today is an ever exploding population. There are serious issues with wildlife farming, for example, which also need to be considered.
I want to carry on my dad’s legacy. I think of myself as a teacher and I know my dad was a teacher too. I’m lucky that I’m not only talking to adults, but also to children. I think it’s so important to empower kids because we are the next voters. We are the next decision makers, and we are the next generation making a difference on our planet.
I will be continuing to fight to save the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from the threat of being strip mined and carrying on in my dad’s footsteps. If you would like to help me Save Steve’s Place please go to www.australiazoo.com and sign the petition.