July 25, 2016 3:54 pm

Bindi Irwin pays tribute to her late father on 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin arrives ahead of the 5th AACTA Awards on December 9, 2015.

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On her 18th birthday (July 24), Dancing With the Stars winner Bindi Irwin posted a tribute photo of herself with her late father, Steve Irwin (a.k.a. The Crocodile Hunter).

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Irwin posted the photo of herself as a newborn, being held by her father and flanked by her mother, Terri, on Instagram.

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Hello lovelies. Well today marks 18 years of life for me, here in Australia and I really don't know where to begin in thanking so many people for an unforgettable journey so far. So I think that I'll start here, with this photograph. This photo was taken within the first year of my life. To be perfectly honest life has changed in a million ways since this photograph was taken. Along the way we gained another incredible part of our family, my brother Robert. Our conservation work with Wildlife Warriors took off around the world. Our home, Australia Zoo continued to expand and has become the greatest zoological facility on planet earth. Our Dad, Mum's soulmate and a superhero for us all, passed away. However, since this photo was taken, 18 years ago, one life ingredient has remained, unchanged, unbreakable. That is the unconditional love that is shared between my beautiful little family and the loyalty we have to eachother and everyone else who has taken this journey with us. I don't think that when this photo was taken even my beautiful parents could have known what life would evolve. I know that I am endlessly grateful for the love and light I have been given since Day 1 of my life.

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This isn’t the first time Irwin has posted images with her father, who she frequently calls her “superhero.”

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I love you. I hope I'm making you proud.

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Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps by helping to contribute to wildlife preservation and conservation. She donates 10 per cent of all her earnings to Wildlife Warriors, a charity founded by her family in 2002.

In October 2014, Irwin was awarded Young Conservationist of the Year by the Australian Geographic Society.

READ MORE: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s last words were ‘I’m dying,’ reveals cameraman

Steve Irwin died while filming an ocean documentary, when he was stung in the chest by a stingray.

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