Not your average party animal! Bindi Irwin spends time tending to a rhino... as she snubs Maxim's Hot 100 Party in Sydney after making the top ten 

Bindi Irwin could have been partying with a host of reality TV stars at Maxim's Hot 100 Party on Friday night.

But after landing at number eight on the countdown, the animal-lover opted for the company of a rhinoceros as she spent Saturday at Australia Zoo.

Posting on her Instagram, the 18-year-old knelt beside the imposing mammal as she gently tended to it.

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Petting zoo: Bindi Irwin opted to spend the day tending to a rhino at Australia Zoo rather than attend Maxim's Hot 100 Party in Sydney 

She captioned the snap: 'Any day you get to spend time with this beautiful boy, is a good day.' 

The award-winning wildlife conservationist was previously pictured with the same animal when she posted another picture in aid of World Rhino Day in September. 

Bindi's decision to continue her work at the Queensland zoo meant she didn't attend the magazine's party, which took place in Sydney.  

Animal lover: The 18-year-old is an award-winning wildlife conservationist, posting this snap on World Rhino Day in September

By the age of 9, Bindi had appeared on numerous American chat-shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah and Larry King Live

Party animals: The nature lover opted not to join a host of reality TV stars, like Megan Marx (L) and Tiffany Scanlon (R), at the Sydney bash 

Upon finding out that she'd made Maxim's list, the young star celebrated her top ten spot on the countdown by sharing an empowering message with her young fans on social media.

Sharing a shot of herself in a stunning black beaded dress, she wrote in part of her post: 'Words can't describe how honoured I am.'

'My goal in life is to empower each and every person around the world to embrace themselves inside and out,' Bindi said.

'So honoured': Bindi celebrated her debut in the Maxim Hot 100 countdown of Australia's most beautiful women by sharing an empowering message with her young fans on Wednesday

Wildlife warrior: Bindi made her debut in the magazine's countdown just three months after turning 18

'Beauty is not just found on the outside, it's the kindness you share with others and the positivity you embrace every day.'

'If your core values revolve around love and light, you are a beautiful person.'

The daughter of the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin has been in the spotlight for years but made headlines in 2015 for winning Dancing With The Stars. 

The Hot 100 celebrates the 'most gifted and gorgeous' females in the country, and includes models, TV stars and politicians.

Household name: Bindi, a conservationist from a young age, is also well-known internationally after winning the US version of Dancing With The Stars last year

Fame: The daughter of the late 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin has been in the spotlight for a while and appears to have made Maxim's annual list on her first year of eligibility

And the Queensland wildlife warrior made an impressive debut, placing ahead of Ruby Rose and her good friends, The Veronicas. 

Meanwhile, Hollywood actress Margot Robbie topped the list, having placed second in last year's Maxim Hot 100.

Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Hawkins and Neighbours star Olympia Valance also featured in the magazine's top 10.

Maxim editor-in-chief Santi Pintado said: 'Our definitive list of Australia’s most beautiful, successful and talented women of the year celebrates the outstanding ladies who have wowed us with their aptitude, intellect, humour, mega-talents, coolness, sexiness and more, in 2016.'

Read all about it! Margot Robbie topped Maxim Australia's Hot 100 list after finishing as runner-up in 2015

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