Bindi Irwin wishes dad 'was here right now' amid Australia wildfires

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By Alyssa Newcomb

Bindi Irwin is continuing her father Steve Irwin's legacy of protecting wildlife, but the 21-year-old said she really wishes he was here to provide "advice and strength" amid the devastating wildfires in Australia.

Irwin shared a sweet photo of her father cuddling a kangaroo that shows just how much the "Crocodile Hunter" star loved Australia and protecting its wildlife.

"Dad spent his life working so hard to protect wildlife and wild places, especially in Australia. I wish he was here right now to give advice and strength during this time of devastation with the bushfires," Irwin wrote."I know that his spirit lives on through our conservation work and I hope together we can make him proud."

One way Irwin is doing that is through her family's wildlife hospital.

"With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us at Australia Zoo or our conservation properties," Irwin wrote in an update last week.

"Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients," she said.

The situation in Australia is dire. An estimated 1 billion animals have died in the fires, according to one prominent ecologist. Scientists also said they're worried that an entire species or subspecies could be wiped out, since Australia has never dealt with fires this intense.

At least 24 people have died and roughly 2,000 homes destroyed since the fires began in September. The fires were fueled by extreme heat and a prolonged drought.

As the fires continue, celebrities are stepping up to donate and encourage their followers to do the same. Pink, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are just some of the celebrities who have announced donations.