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10 years on Steve Irwin’s wildlife conservation legacy lives on

10 years on Steve Irwin’s wildlife conservation legacy lives on
September 3, 2016

On the 10th anniversary of the death of Australian wildlife and conservation icon Steve Irwin, his legacy continues to be nurtured by his family and a team of 400 at the Sunshine Coast's Australia Zoo as well as through a range of conservation initiatives.

The larger than life character was killed by a stingray while filming for his popular Crocodile Hunter television series.

Having wrestled crocodiles, encountered deadly snakes and been in tense situations with a range of dangerous animals, the death of the 44-year-old by a generally passive sea creature was received with shock around the world.

Amid global tributes, then Australian Prime Minister John Howard described Irwin's death as a “huge loss”.

10 years on Irwin's legacy lives on through Australia Zoo and the conservation charity Wildlife Warriors while, on 15th November each year, Steve Irwin Day is an annual international event honouring Irwin's life and legacy.

While Australia Zoo did encounter some difficulties in the period mmediately after Irwin’s death, today, led by his widow Terri, the attraction is thriving while ongoing broadcasts of the Crocodile Hunter have inspired millions around the world to play a part in conserving wildlife and wild places.

His children, Bindi and Robert, who have appeared on television since an early age also play an active role in their father's conservation work.

Poignantly, with the anniversary of Irwin’s death this year coinciding with Fathers Day, an Australia Zoo spokesman advised that Irwin’s family trio would not be at the wildlife park and were keeping their movements private on Sunday.

Image of Steve Irwin, courtesy of Australia Zoo/Facebook.

21st July 2015 - AUSTRALIA ZOO AND UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND CONTINUE EXCITING CROCODILE RESEARCH

6th November 2014 - STEVE IRWIN DAY TO HONOUR LEGACY OF AUSTRALIA’S WILDLIFE WARRIOR

24th January 2014 - SUNSHINE COAST ATTRACTIONS SET FOR AUSTRALIA DAY FUN

21st February 2011 - AUSTRALIA ZOO STRUGGLES WITHOUT STEVE IRWIN

 


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