Young Conservationist of the Year 2014

By AG STAFF 27 October 2014
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Congratulations to young conservationist of the year Bindi Irwin.

The daughter of conservationists and TV stars Steve and Terri Irwin, 16-year-old Bindi has been in the limelight all her life – she appeared on the US’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, aged 9, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, aged 11.

But rather than take this fame for granted, Bindi works tirelessly as a global ambassador for the Australia Zoo conservation arm, Wildlife Warriors Worldwide. Bindi has featured in a number of documentaries and movies, all with a strong wildlife conservation theme.

In 2013 she also courted controversy when she criticised the department of US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after an essay she wrote on conservation for Hillary’s e-journal was heavily edited – at Bindi’s request, the article was withdrawn.

This year, the young wildlife warrior gave her voice to population documentary Surviving Earth. The Australian Geographic Society has given the award to Bindi for her role in the communication of ideas and action on global wildlife conservation.