Bindi Irwin and husband Chandler Powell are the cutest couple. The spend their days at the Australia Zoo (a wildlife sanctuary owned by the Irwins) carrying on the legacy of Bindi’s father — the late, iconic Steve Irwin a.k.a “The Crocodile Hunter.”
The two just so happen to be expecting a little “joey” of their own. Irwin is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a little baby girl. They are constantly sharing adorable images of all the animals at the zoo next to Irwin’s growing bump. She’s in her third trimester so it’s just a matter of time before we meet the newest little conservationist.
So in preparation of meeting the next (mini) Crocodile Hunter we’re taking a look back at Irwin and Powell’s relationship.
2013: They Met at the Australia Zoo
While on a trip to Australia for a national wakeboarding competition, Powell decided to pay a visit to the Irwin's Australia Zoo located on Queenland’s Sunshine Coast. And Bindi happened to be leading the zoo tours that day. “It just so happened that Bindi was giving tours that day,” he told People. “I’m like, ‘Wow she is amazing.’”
She even posted their meeting to Instagram, writing “Legendary wakeboarder Chandler Powell and his beautiful family came into @AustraliaZoo yesterday. Wonderful Wildlife Warriors!”
2015: They Start Dating And Bindi Is Cast on Dancing With the Stars
After staying in touch for two years after their initial meeting, the two went public with their relationship. Bindi was selected for Dancing With the Stars, Powell being her biggest supporter. He even surprised her by traveling to LA to watch her perform. She ended up taking home the big mirror ball trophy.
2017: Chandler Becomes a Crocodile Hunter
Powell attended the Irwin’s annual crocodile research trip and held his own (no easy feat in this wildlife family).
“Completed my first head jump yesterday on Madison the croc,” he wrote on Instagram. “Definitely one of the most thrilling experiences! @australiazoo has the best and most experienced croc team in the world, thanks for letting me be a part of it and showing me the ropes (literally).”
April 2018: Steve Irwin's Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Bindi and Chandler join her family in Los Angeles to honor her late father during the unveiling of his Hollywood Star.
"I’ll remember today forever," she wrote to Instagram. "Such an emotional moment and beautiful chapter in our lives"
2018: Powell Moves to Australia
The wakeboarder packs his bag (with lots of khaki, we’d assume) and moves to the Australia Zoo to be with Bindi and learn more about wildlife.
“He’s done so well, I think he’s passed the Irwin family khaki test,” Bindi told People at the time. “We’ve had him jumping on crocodiles and feeding alligators.” She added, “I think I have found my one, and I’m so lucky. He is always encouraging me to follow my dreams, reminding me to stand up for what I believe in.”
In October 2018, the family also landed a new show called Crikey! It’s the Irwins to air on Animal Planet, with Powell making frequent appearances on the show.
July 2019: Bindi Turns 21 And Chandler Proposes
The night before Bindi’s 21st birthday, Chandler took to Instagram for a sweet tribute to his then girlfriend.
“Beautiful Bee, I love you so much,” he wrote. “You’re my best friend and whole world. I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday tomorrow at #AustraliaZoo Here’s to another year and beyond of life changing adventures together.”
The next day, he popped the question. She shared the news to Instagram and gave us a close-up look at her gorgeous ring with an oval center stone.
“July 24th 2019 On my birthday I said ‘yes’ and ‘forever’ to the love of my life,” she wrote. “Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you and every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure and true happiness. I’m so looking [forward] to spending our forever together as your wife. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose and unconditional love. — Now let’s get married already!”
March 2020: The Two Tie the Knot
Bindi and Chandler were set to have their dream wedding until the Covid-19 pandemic hit. So on March 25, the two got married in an intimate ceremony at the Australian Zoo without any guests (except her mom and brother). She shared a sweet photo from the day to Instagram.
“We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend,” she wrote. “There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now. We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe.”
August 2020: They’re Expecting!
On August 11, Bindi and Chandler announced they were expecting with the cutest Instagram post of the two holding up a tiny baby-sized khaki shirt.
“Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021, Bindi wrote. “Chandler and I are proud to announce that we’re expecting! It’s an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you.”
Chandler posted the image as well, saying,”Becoming a dad is the highlight of my life.”
September 2020: It’s a Girl!
In September, Bindi and Chandler held up a sonogram and posed with a tortoise surround by pink flowers.
“Baby girl, you are our world,” Bindi wrote to Instagram. “Our beautiful daughter is now about the same size as a hatchling Aldabra tortoise and is as healthy as can be. We can’t wait for her arrival next year.”
January 2021: Third Trimester
On Jan. 14, Bindi posted the sweetest photo of her and Chandler recreating a picture that she and her parents took when her mother was pregnant with Bindi's brother, Robert.
“Recreating a very special moment,” she wrote. “Third trimester love.”
And on Jan. 26, Bindi also gave us a little glimpse at the baby’s nursery on Instagram.
“Baby Wildlife Warrior is already so loved and we are eternally grateful,” she wrote.
Crikey! We can't wait to meet the newest Wildlife Warrior.