Steve Irwin's family shares how they plan to carry on the 'Crocodile Hunter' legacy with new show

It's been over 11 years since the sudden death of Steve Irwin, but the family of the Crocodile Hunter star is keeping his memory alive and following in his footsteps. 

"It seems like it's been way more than 11 years, and in some ways the blink of an eye," Steve's wife, Terri, told Hoda Kotb on Friday's Today show. "It's a bizarre little time warp you get into when you're dealing with grief, but we're glad to be back."

Terri, 53, appeared on the morning show along with her and Steve's two children, daughter Bindi, 19, and son Robert, 14, to talk about their new show on Animal Planet that is premiering on Super Bowl Sunday. The program will follow the family as they manage the Australia Zoo, owned by Terri, as well as their nonprofit organization, Wildlife Warriors.

Bindi told Kotb that the show comes easily to them as working with animals is just "a part of who we are, it's not just what we do." Proving this, the trio brought along some animals to meet Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Carson Daly.

"We do want to carry on in Dad's footsteps, and make sure everything he worked so hard for continues on," Bindi added. 

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SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Bindi, Terri and Robert Irwin attend the official launch of the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo on November 15, 2008 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The opening ceremony timed to coincide with the second annual Steve Irwin Day celebration realised Steve Irwin's dream to establish the world's largest wildlife hospital to honour his mother Lyn Irwin who had been a pioneer in wildlife care in Queesnalnd, Australia. The new hospital is also a living memorial to Steve Irwin. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, NSW - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi Irwin arrive on the orange carpet at the fourth annual Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2006 (NSW) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 11, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Bindi is presenting an award on behalf of her late father, Steve Irwin. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Terri Irwin (C) wife of Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin, sits with daughter Bindi and friend Wes Mannion (R) at the Steve Irwin memorial service at Australia Zoo September 20, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. Steve Irwin, known as the crocodile hunter, died after being stung through the heart by a stingray whilst diving off Port Douglas in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. (Photo by Dave Hunt/Pool/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14, 2002: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin with his wife Terri Irwin, and daughter Bindi Irwin, and a baby crocodile at Australia Zoo in Queensland. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER November 20, 2003: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, who is Queensland's Australian of the Year 2004 state finalist, is congratulated by his daughter Bindi Irwin and wife Terri Irwin at Australia Zoo. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter Bindi Irwin during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin with wife Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi Irwin (Photo by Justin Kahn/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, and daughter (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - 1993: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri Irwin, and 'Jonathon' the Green Iguana at Australia Zoo in Queensland. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter Bindi Irwin at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Steve and Terri Irwin with their daughter Bindi during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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As for her younger brother, Robert, he is looking more and more like his father every day. "Mom found this old photo of Dad and showed [it to] me," he recalled. "I said, 'It's no big deal, that's a photo of me' and she said, 'No, it's Dad when he was your age.' I'm so privileged to be able to continue his amazing legacy."

Robert also made his sixth appearance on The Tonight Show on Thursday, and gave an update on Jimmy Fallon the crocodile, who apparently has a love interest named Princess. "There's definitely something going on there," Robert quipped of the crocodile romance.

In addition, Robert brought along some animals to play with Fallon, the late-night host.

In May, ET caught up with Robert's mom and sister, who revealed the special bond the family shares with Russell Crowe.

"He's amazing. He's helped us protect the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve from strip mining," Terri said of the actor. "He helps us through social media to get the word out. You might not think of 'conservation' immediately when you think of Russell Crowe, but he is a great conservationist in his own right."

Perhaps we may see the "wildlife gladiator" on the Irwin family's new show!

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STEVE IRWIN, Australian zookeeper and conservationist, has become a media starÂwith his cable TV show, animation spots, advertisements, and now a feature film, collision course. Photo of Irwin on a promotional junket in Los Angeles, June 28, 2002 appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a real live Aligator. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
STEVE IRWIN, Australian zookeeper and conservationist, has become a media starÂwith his cable TV show, animation spots, advertisements, and now a feature film, collision course. Photo of Irwin on a promotional junket in Los Angeles, June 28, 2002 appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a real live Aligator. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
STEVE IRWIN, Australian zookeeper and conservationist, has become a media starÂwith his cable TV show, animation spots, advertisements, and now a feature film, collision course. Photo of Irwin on a promotional junket in Los Angeles, June 28, 2002 appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a real live Aligator. (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(NO TABLOIDS) Terry Irwin and Steve Irwin talk about their film 'Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' at 2002 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada. during 2002 ShoWest Press Conference With Steve Irwin at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise
(NO TABLOIDS) Bruce Willis and Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
(NO TABLOIDS) Bruce Willis and Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2061 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wildlife expert Steve Irwin during a segment with host Jay Leno on May 17, 2001 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2061 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno and wildlife expert Steve Irwin with a crocodile on May 17, 2001 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1941 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Tobey Maguire, Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin with host Jay Leno handling a snake on November 14, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1695-- Pictured: (l-r) Steve Irwin and host Jay Leno feed a large bird on October 6, 1999 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1695-- Pictured: (l-r) Wildlife expert Steve Irwin with a tarantula during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 6, 1999 (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1435 -- Pictured: (l-r) The 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 14, 1998 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: (FILE PHOTO) A 1996 file photo shows Steve Irwin, known as the Crocodile Hunter, at his Australia Zoo in 1996 in Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Irwin died September 4, 2006 after being stabbed in the heart by a stingray's barb while diving off Port Douglas in the northern Australia state of Queensland, police said. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: (FILE PHOTO) A 1996 file photo shows Steve Irwin, known as the Crocodile Hunter, at his Australia Zoo in 1996 in Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Irwin died September 4, 2006 after being stabbed in the heart by a stingray's barb while diving off Port Douglas in the northern Australia state of Queensland, police said. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - 1993: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri Irwin, and 'Jonathon' the Green Iguana at Australia Zoo in Queensland. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2222 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jay Leno and wildlife expert Steve Irwin on March 6, 2002 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, with Bruce Willis (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Steve Irwin during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Press Room at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Press Room at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin and Will Smith during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Steve Irwin and Jessica Alba during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 26: ***EXCLUSIVE*** 'The Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin, poses with a three foot long alligator at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 in San Francisco, California. Irwin is on a 3-week tour to promote the release of his first feature film, 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course', due in theaters July 12th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 26: ***EXCLUSIVE*** 'The Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin, (R) shows a snake to his wife Terri (L) at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 in San Francisco, California. Irwin is on a 3-week tour to promote the release of his first feature film, 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' is due in theaters July 12th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 26: ***EXCLUSIVE*** 'The Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin, poses with a three foot long alligator at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 in San Francisco, California. Irwin is on a 3-week tour to promote the release of his first feature film, 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' is due in theaters July 12th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, and daughter at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter Bindi Irwin during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin with wife Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi Irwin (Photo by Justin Kahn/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - FEBRUARY 4: TV's 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin (L) wraps an anaconda snake around host Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC studios February 4, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin with his wife Terri and daughter Bindi (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
Steve Irwin with his wife Terri and daughter Bindi (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
Steve Irwin with his wife Terri and daughter Bindi (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
(AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Steve and Terri Irwin pose for a photograph at the Botanic Gardens restaurant in Sydney, while promoting their new movie 'The Crocodile Hunter', 9 September 2002. SMH Picture by SEAN DAVEY (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 3: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Steve Irwin with wife Terri, daughter Bindi & father gives a press conference outside his Australia Zoo at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast defending his actions in taking son Bob (1 mth) into fenced crocodile enclosure on January 2, 2004. (Photo by Graeme Parkes/Newspix/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 2: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Steve Irwin and wife Terri, with daughter Bindi and baby son Bob, at a blessing ceremony by Tibetan Buddhist nuns, for the Irwin youngster. (Photo by Graeme Parkes/Newspix/Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 20: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Steve Irwin, who is Queensland's Australian of the Year 2004 state finalist, is congratulated by his daughter Bindi Irwin and wife Terri Irwin. (Photo by Nathan Richter/Newspix/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 3: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi gives a press conference outside his Australia Zoo at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast defending his actions in taking son Bob (1 mth) into fenced crocodile enclosure on January 2, 2004. (Photo by Graeme Parkes/Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin during The 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2879 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wildlife expert Steve Irwin during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 18, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 1, 2005: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, with his wife Terri Irwin, daughter Bindi Irwin, and son Bob Irwin, on Bob's 2nd birthday, at Australia Zoo sign at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin during G'Day LA: Australia Week 2006 - Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner - Arrivals in Los Angelees, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
©2006 RAMEY PHOTO Australian actor Hugh Jackman (L) and Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, give thumbs up as they arrive for the Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California January 14, 2006. The event brings together and honors Australians who have made significant international contributions across various industries. Jackman received the Excellence in Entertainment award. 01/14/06 JR (Photo by ©2006 Phil Ramey/RameyPix/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 19: Steve Irwin poses with his family at Australia Zoo June 19, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. (Photo by Australia Zoo via Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Steve Irwin poses with his son Bob at Australia Zoo August 2, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. (Photo by Australia Zoo via Getty Images)
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