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JUST when you thought Bindi Ir­win might have done ev­ery­thing she wanted — from be­ing a jun­gle girl to an ac­tor, from a con­ser­va­tion­ist to the Aus­tralia Zoo spokes­woman — the teenager pops up as a tele­vi­sion game show host.

Bindi, 14, says she’s set­tled on fol­low­ing in fa­ther Steve Ir­win’s foot­steps in pro­mot­ing na­ture con­ser­va­tion and help­ing pre­serve the planet.

But for the time be­ing she’s en­joy­ing her foray as a host on Bindi’s Boot Camp.

‘‘ I have worked on doc­u­men­taries, I’ve tried out Bindi The Jun­gle Girl, act­ing and now be­ing able to host a show is very dif­fer­ent and a lot of fun,’’ she says.

‘‘ It’s some­thing I have never re­ally tried and we have

Blessed: Host Bindi Ir­win. our fin­gers crossed for more sea­sons.’’

Bindi lives at Aus­tralia Zoo, where Bindi’s Boot Camp was filmed last De­cem­ber, and does ‘‘ dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion’’, al­low­ing her to pur­sue sev­eral dif­fer­ent ca­reers at once.

The ABC shot 26 episodes of Bindi’s Boot Camp, us­ing mainly school­child­ren from the Sun­shine Coast as par­tic­i­pants.

Even if the ABC doesn’t ask for a sec­ond help­ing, Bindi is keep­ing busy.

Hav­ing al­ready ap­peared in Free Willy: Es­cape From Pi­rate’s Cove, she will start shoot­ing Nim’s Is­land 2 later this year on the Gold Coast.

Bindi dis­missed any no­tion that she was grow­ing up too quickly. She says her fa­ther, who died in 2006, had left a path for her and she was keep­ing his mem­ory and hard work alive.

‘‘ Why I am so lucky or so blessed . . . is I am in a nice po­si­tion to reach oth­ers and ef­fect some change,’’ she says. ‘‘ My Dad was one man who re­ally changed the world, and if one man can make a dif­fer­ence then ev­ery­one can make a dif­fer­ence. I’m fol­low­ing his legacy which is great be­cause we al­ways have that mem­ory of him.’’ Bindi’s Boot Camp, ABC3, Satur­day, 5pm.

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