Robert Irwin celebrates his 11th birthday at Australia Zoo wil his mum Terri and sister Bindi. Robert unveiled a scultpure of a Smilodon created by Cameron Chapman. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Robert Irwin celebrates his 11th birthday at Australia Zoo wil his mum Terri and sister Bindi. Robert unveiled a scultpure of a Smilodon created by Cameron Chapman. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Take five: Terri Irwin catches up with the Daily

The Daily caught up with Terri Irwin to chat about the upcoming research trip as well as television and movie projects, expanding Bindi's Island zoo attraction and life as a mum of two on the Coast.

Q: What's happening in the life of the Irwins these days?

A: It's all very exciting for us at the moment, it's all "go, go, go". We have some film projects on the horizon and leading up to Christmas we have just really been putting a lot time into Bindi's Island and we'll be adding up to another 22 lemurs by Easter. We also want to make the island more accessible for prams and wheelchairs but we want to keep that island feel so we will be building an airlock shipwreck that will allow people to access the island but also keep the lemurs in so that will add a while new dimension to things. We always joke that we call Bindi's Island a "small" expansion, bringing our zoo of 100 acres to 105 acres, but really when we first started 44 years ago, the whole entire property was only four acres.

Q: You're Coast locals through and through but being so busy with the zoo and other ventures, do you ever get to go out and about as a family and enjoy the Coast?

A: It really is a blessing to live on the Sunshine Coast. This is the most beautiful place on Earth. We are travelling half the time, but the other half we are lucky enough to live right in the middle of Australia Zoo. I went shopping the other day at the grocery store and I stopped for a few photos with people and conversations. Robert was at dinner the other night celebrating a birthday at Beerwah Hotel. That's the plus of living on the Sunshine Coast instead of that Hollywood lifestyle. We have that sophisticated business, tourism and education sectors but we have that rural community feel at the same time. 

Q: What are your tricks for winding down after a busy day?

A: Physical fitness works for me. It's good to do it in moderation like everything else in life. I'm not hardcore about it, but I like to work out three days a week. And that's where it's usually just me, so it's me time. If it's raining I'll get on the stationary bike on the veranda with a good book. I encourage other mums to do that, if they get the chance to do something physical because you will be so glad you did it. 

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