8 April 2014
She's juggling life as a passionate conservationist, performer and high-school student - but busy Bindi Irwin still found time to have a chat to us about just how she does it!
You're working as an active wildlife warrior as well as a musician and actress, how do you manage your busy life?
We live at Australia Zoo which is wonderful because every day of my life is exciting. I'm truly living the dream. We do travel about half the year for filming and conservation work, but my mum always makes sure that when we are travelling for work we still get a little time off just to have fun. I am enrolled in Distance Education for school, which really works for us, because it's a program that fits around our busy schedule. When we are travelling, school just fits around it. We can travel with our school work because it is school of correspondence. I have completed my school tasks in the strangest places, on trains, boats, planes, in the middle of the Australian bush or in a high-rise apartment in Hong Kong.
Do you write your own lyrics for the Bindi and the Jungle Girls songs?
I work with the amazing Mark McDuff to develop the lyrics. We have so much fun! I have just recently recorded a new CD, which was released last year, but I certainly hope to record more music as it something that I am very passionate about!
Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
I've always loved music and singing, and found that there really isn't a lot of great music for younger kids. So, we decided to record a few albums with music with a message. I'm a strong believer in kid empowerment. I think that as kids we're the next voters, decision makers and generation to be making a difference on our planet. So I thought that it would be wonderful to be able to empower kids through music.
Tell us about your favourite song to perform?
I love performing the song My Dad, the song reflects the amazing journey I had with Dad and the fact that it was truly an adventure of a lifetime.
Do you have any Bindi & the Jungle Girls stories from behind-the-scenes that you can share with us?
Before every show we do a secret handshake. Our secret handshake changes every school holidays, but it's really funny! I'm sure that if anyone listened to our handshake war calls they'd think we were crazy! Our past handshakes have included shouts of Bonbons, slow lorris and crazy hashtags...
What are you most excited about for these Easter school holidays at Australia Zoo?
I'm excited to be celebrating the school holidays by doing croc shows in the Crocoseum with Mum and Robert, as well as the Jungle Girl shows! It will be stacks of fun and brilliant to say g'day to everyone who visits the zoo these holidays. We are looking forward to it! Oh...and chocolate on Easter...
What do you and your family get up to over the Easter break? Do you have any traditions?
Every year we visit my aunt and uncle's house and eat lots of yummy food and amazing chocolate. My uncle's family is Italian so they have the best food. We love them so much, and it's one tradition we never miss!
Find Out More!
- You can catch Bindi and the Jungle Girls performing live in the Crocoseum these school holidays at 11.30am daily before our 12 noon Wildlife Warriors show, where Bindi, Robert and Terri will be feeding the crocs! We're open every day this Easter break, check out all the action here: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/visit-us/calendar/283-easter-school-holiday-fun
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