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Amazing Kid! from History – Steve Irwin

Amazing Kid from History – Steve Irwin, Wildlife Conservationist and Host of Television’s Crocodile Hunter

By Sean Traynor, Editor-in-Chief

Steve Irwin is known by most of us as the Australian host of the hit TV show, The Crocodile Hunter. While wearing his signature khakis, he shared his passion for wildlife and conservation with his extraordinary enthusiasm. For Steve, his involvement with wildlife was a lifelong adventure, beginning in his very early years. Irwin grew up loving all wildlife, especially reptiles. According to his father, Bob Irwin, “Steve’s ultimate passion, even from a young boy, was always for the conservation of Australian wildlife and its habitat.”


Steve Irwin was born on February 22, 1962 in Essendon, Victoria, Australia and moved to Beerwah, Queensland with his parents and two sisters where his parents opened the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970. Established in 1970, this two-acre wildlife park was home to native wildlife such as Lace Monitors, Tiger Snakes, Freshwater Crocodiles, Magpie Geese and kangaroos.


Steve caught his first venomous snake at the young age of six, and demonstrated an extraordinary skill in dealing with wildlife. He would rescue lizards off the side of the road on the way to school. He was involved in the daily workings of the park by helping with daily animal feeding and in the care and maintenance of the facility. By the time he was nine, he was helping his dad catch small problem crocodiles hanging around boat ramps by jumping on them in the water and wrestling them back into the boat. He would go on field trips with his father helping to relocate problem crocodiles, study snakes in Queensland’s deserts and assist the university with bird surveys, as he was incredibly skilled at climbing trees.


In the 1980’s, Steve spent months living in the most remote areas of far North Queensland, catching problem crocodiles before they ended up shot by a poacher. He developed crocodile capture and management techniques that are now utilized with crocodilians around the world. The wildlife park had expanded to four acres, and was now called the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Steve was enlisted by the Queensland Government to help with crocodiles by volunteering for the East Coast Crocodile Management Program, capturing well over 100 crocodiles, which were relocated or housed at the family’s newly established Crocodile Environmental Park.



With his wife, Terri, he filmed a wildlife documentary that was an immediate success, and The Crocodile Hunter was born. In 1996 the series was picked up by the American cable network Animal Planet. At the peak of its popularity, the show aired in more than 200 countries. Steve and Terri would film over 150 episodes of Crocodile Hunter, Croc Diaries, Croc Files, New Breed Vets, Ghosts of War and Bindi: The Jungle Girl. These programs are now seen by 142 countries and 500 million viewers worldwide. Irwin and his wife starred in their own film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.



In 1991 Steve took over managing the wildlife park. Steve worked tirelessly to improve and expand his wildlife park, renamed “Australia Zoo” in 1998. As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri agreed to put all money raised from filming and merchandise back into conservation. Today the Australia Zoo encompasses 1500 acres and employs over 600 staff.




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On September 4, 2006, Irwin was filming for a program at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Snorkeling near a stingray, he was pierced in the chest by its barb, which hit his heart and he died. He is survived by his wife Terri, and his two children.


Irwin made many contributions to the field of wildlife education and conservation during his life. He was praised for educating children about nature, and recognized for attracting tourism to Australia. He ran an organization to rescue and protect crocodiles and supported numerous other animal charities. Many of nature’s dangerous creatures lost their greatest champion the day Irwin died. He followed his childhood passion and made a difference in the world.

9 comments

  1. Reece /

    yay

  2. Gary Winthorpe /

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  3. Gary Winthorpe /

    CRIKEYYYYY

  4. ash000001 /

    awesome man

  5. Dylan /

    Cool

  6. Animal Lover /

    Wow. What a inspiring man. It’s amazing, the change he made to our world…

    R.I.P Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter.

  7. not evil /

    nicer

  8. nice