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Steve Irwin tragically lost his life nearly 12 years ago, but his memory lives on through his conservationist family.

The Crocodile Hunter’s 19-year-old daughter, Bindi, reflected on her dad’s legacy in a recent interview with Us Weekly, saying, “He’s with us in our hearts, which is super special.” (Ahem…who’s chopping onions?)

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The Dancing with the Stars alum opened up about how she remembers her father’s charismatic personality, saying, “Dad was extraordinary. He really reached through the television set of everyone’s living room and was able to bring a message of wildlife and conservationism to millions.”

Steve’s passion for wildlife and his comical-yet-knowledgeable TV persona made such an impact that he was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 26. 

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Bindi said she imagined he would’ve been thrilled to receive the honor. “He would have started [his speech] with, ‘Crikey, this is so exciting,’” she mused. “To have a conservationist there is such a wonderful honor.”

Now, Bindi, her brother, Robert (14), and mom, Terri, are continuing Steve’s work at the Australia Zoo. And even though Bindi was only 8 years old when her dad passed away, she still finds refuge in the animal sanctuary like he did.

“I think that on days when I just want to reconnect and reflect, I always go to…this huge space filled with kangaroos [at the Australia Zoo],” she shared. “And I just sit down with the ’roos of the evening after the zoo’s closed and just spend some time thinking about life, and it’s kind of my place to feel closest to Dad.”

Welp, now we’re crying, and they’re definitely not crocodile tears.

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