"We called her Bindi after the feistiest female crocodile that I've got at my zoo, and she's like Mowgli -- she's one with the animals," Steve told ET. "I was very lucky in my childhood in that my dad and my mom nurtured my instincts with wildlife and I grew up to be the wildlife warrior that I am, and so I reckon Bindi is going to follow in my footsteps."
Bindi, now 17, shared with ET in July that she still plans on following in her dad's footsteps and continuing the family's work at the Australia Zoo, which was founded by her grandparents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, in 1970. The zoo is currently owned by Bindi's mom, Terri, and features many "amazing creatures" such as koalas, tortoises and lemurs.
Nine years after Steve's tragic death, Bindi, keeps her father's spirit alive by paying homage to him on DWTS.
"He is my super hero and he always will be," she told ET during a dance rehearsal with pro partner Derek Hough. "He inspired so many people that we want to make sure his legacy lives on through all of us."
You can watch Bindi make her father proud on Dancing With the Stars, airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.