“I feel truly blessed to be embarking on this brand new journey with @DancingABC and can’t wait to learn & grow and share it with you x,” she tweeted.
So let’s get to know Bindi more! Here are five fast facts to know:
1. Her favorite animal is the Echidna
“Though they are not the cuddliest animals in the world I love them so much because they are sweet and cute. Did you know Echidnas have a 17cm long tongue? It is also one of only two Monotremes – which are egg laying mammals,” she once told JJJ.
2. Her best friend is actress Tiffany Espensen from Kirby Buckets!
The two met on the set of Nickelodeon’s Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures where Bindi was a guest star. Unfortunately, the episode never aired.
3. She’s an established author.
She’s written over 20 books for the “Wildlife Adventure” series!
4. Bindi is training in MMA.
Did we mention she also has an orange belt in Jujitsu?!
5. She’s all about giving. Bindi gives 10% of her earned wages at the Australia Zoo to Wildlife Warriors, a charity founded by her family in 2002.
The 17-year-old wildlife conservationist made an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday (August 24) to talk about her role on the upcoming season.
“This is completely different to anything I have ever done in my life,” Bindi said. “I am used to wrangling crocodiles. I actually just got back from our annual crocodile research trip. About four days ago I was in far north Queensland catching crocs and now here I am in New York City, about to be in LA.”
“It’s all about having the courage and strength and, for me, it is something completely different but I hope that I am able to inspire others in their own lives to seize opportunity and to make a difference and just jump, take that leap, even if it terrifies you,” Bindi said.
“I just hope my dance partner, whoever it is, is very patient and likes animals, because you never know what I’m going to bring to rehearsal,” she added.
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On boyfriend Chandler: “I was blessed to meet Chandler and his family back in November 2013. We remained in touch and stayed friends. Since then, our friendship has developed into something really special. We send a Snapchat or Skype each other. We’re connected, which is so great.”
On her fashion style: “I want to try different styles. Khaki is a part of who I am, but it’s fun to get dressed up every now and then. Being a bit of a girl is always exciting. You can’t jump on a croc or climb a tree if you’re not in khaki, but I do like different clothes and playing around with it a bit.”
On her involvement in the zoo: “I’m getting ready to buckle down, work fulltime and help out with the management of Australia Zoo. As I’ve been getting older I’ve been getting more and more involved in the workings of the zoo. There’s a lot to do. I’ll be travelling and filming, too [when I finish school], but I can focus on working. Wherever I go, Australia Zoo will always be my home and I’ll always work there.”
Bindi Irwin breaks into a sprint while hanging out the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo on Friday (July 24) in Queensland, Australia.
The 17-year-old conservationist celebrated her birthday that day with some family members.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Bindi is dating wakeboarder Chandler Powell!
“Happy Birthday to this gorgeous girl! Feel very blessed to have you in my life. Counting down the days until I get to see you again! @bindisueirwin #TotallyGushing #ILoveCamping #ILoveTheOutdoors #ISwamTheCrocPond,” he captioned a cute Instagram photo of the two.
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Bindi Irwin snaps a few photos with her mom Terri during a press conference for The Australian Geographic Society 2014 Gala Awards held at the Ivy Grand Ballroom in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday afternoon (October 29).
Later that night, the two were dolled up for the gala where the 16-year-old conservationist was awarded the Young Conservationist of The Year Award.