Whether or not the project will continue is yet to be determined, but regardless, Bindi will likely continue her father's conservation work. "We've got a fantastic chip off the block ready and raring to go," says environmental organization Planet Ark founder and pal Jon Dee, who met Irwin in 2002. "Hopefully she'll educate a whole new generation in the way her dad has."
While he's left behind a wildlife rescue mission at the Australia Zoo and a greater awareness of all creatures, "Steve's greatest contribution was to his family," says Mal Brough, a friend of Irwin's and a minister in the federal government. Despite his tragic death, "I have no doubt that they will never let his legacy die."
By Jennifer Wulff. Michael Crooks and Shelley Gare in Beerwah, Queensland, and Louise Talbot, Diana Jenkins, Jenna Good and Erin Miller in Sydney and Stacey Wilson in Eugene