The Crocodile Hunter

Josh Green, Reporter

Steve Irwin was born the 22 February 1962 in Essendon, Victoria, Australia to parents Bob and Lyn Irwin. Irwin’s parents founded the Australia Zoo, both of his parents were wildlife scientists. Irwin followed in his parent’s footsteps and began studying and protecting wildlife. In his early life he was always around reptiles and crocodiles, which he made his friends. Irwin’s love for reptiles made him become known as The Crocodile Hunter and he even went on to have two television shows where he showed the world all kinds of different animals and things about them. He loved animals so much in fact, he said “I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.” He would be celebrating his amazing success on his 58 birthday a few days ago, but tragically he lost his life to a animal he was saving. He was doing a documentary on stingrays, when one accidentally stabbed him in his heart in 2006 at the age of 44 in Batt Reef. He left behind a wife and two children, who continue to carry on his legacy of teaching the world of animals and conserving them. His wife Terri Irwin is now in charge of the zoo they built together and his son Robert Irwin works for National Geographic where he teaches the world, just like his father. His daughter Bindi Irwin has also worked on many television shows, where she talks about the wildlife and its creatures. Steve has left behind a legacy of kindness and greatness, that will last for generations and the world will always remember him for it.