Most eight-year-old girls care more about "Harriet the Spy" than Harriet the sea turtle. But most eight-year-old girls are not the offspring of Steve Irwin, the audacious Australian animal conservationist and TV personality who died Sept. 4 when he was pierced through the heart by a stingray. At a time when viewers of Irwin’s show "The Crocodile Hunter" were reeling with shock, Bindi delivered a eulogy that comforted a grieving community.

"I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end," she told a crowd of 5,000 at Irwin’s public memorial at the Australia Zoo. "I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did...When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals. Daddy made this place his whole life and now it’s our turn to help Daddy."

She is nominated as one of this year's most inspiring people for leading by example in a time of great personal trial and for honoring her father by continuing his work in wildlife conservation. Bindi Sue Irwin learned her love of animals while she was still in diapers. At two weeks old, she was on location in Texas for a "Crocodile Hunter" segment on rattlesnakes. As a homeschooler, she had time to be a regular part of the "khaki crew" at the Australia Zoo, pitching in with chores like checking on the skinks and caring for Harriet, a 176-year-old Galapagos sea turtle thought to have been observed by Darwin.

Since her father's death, Bindi has taken up his mantle. She made a fund-raising spot for Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a charity he founded, and attended a ceremony in his place.