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Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” was an Australian conservationist and zookeeper who became internationally known through the wildlife documentary series “The Crocodile Hunter”. He co-hosted the show with his wife. They were also the owners of the Australia Zoo.
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Key Facts & Information
- Steve Irwin was born on February 22, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia.
- He was born to wildlife-loving parents Robert and Lyn Irwin.
- His father was a herpetologist while his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator.
- In 1970, he and his family moved to Queensland, where he studied until high school.
- His family founded the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Steve developed his love for wildlife, particularly reptiles and crocodiles.
- At a young age, he was handling crocodiles and helping maintain the wildlife park.
- In 1991, he assumed management of the park.
- In 1998, he renamed the park “Australia Zoo.”
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
- Steve Irwin and Terri Raines, a naturalist from Oregon, met in 1991, fell in love, and got engaged four months later.
- They wed in Eugene, Oregon on June 4, 1992.
- They have two children, their daughter Bindi Sue and son Robert Clarence.
- Bindi Sue Irwin was named after Steve’s favorite animals, a saltwater crocodile and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
- The name Robert Clarence took after Steve’s father.
- Both of their children became TV personalities.
- Aside from appearing in her father’s documentary show, Bindi presented her own wildlife documentary series for kids called “Bindi the Jungle Girl” and continued to be a popular TV personality through multiple channels.
- Robert Clarence co-hosted a kids show on Discovery Kids called “Wild But True.”
THE CROCODILE HUNTER
- The first episode of The Crocodile Hunter featured Steve and Terri’s honeymoon wherein they spent the time trapping crocodiles.
- The show debuted in Australia in 1996 then in the United States in 1997. It was presented on Animal Planet.
- On the show, Steve Irwin became known for his catchphrase “Crikey!” and his khaki shorts uniform.
- Steve’s charisma and unique presenting style made the show a hit in over 130 countries.
- The series ended in 2004 with 64 aired episodes.
- The last episode entitled “Steve’s Last Adventure” was a three-hour long special showing Steve’s adventures in multiple locations worldwide.
- The TV series spawned the 2002 comedy film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course starring Steve and Terri Irwin.
- The show also generated two spinoffs, namely the kids show Croc Files and The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. Both shows were hosted by Steve and Terri Irwin.
MORE TV SHOWS AND FILMS
- Steve presented the show “The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World” in 1998.
- In 2001, he appeared in Dr. Dolittle 2 in a cameo role.
- In 2002, the whole Irwin family appeared in the Wiggles video entitled “Wiggly Safari” where they sang and danced in Australia Zoo.
- In 2005, Irwin became the voice of Trev in the 2006 animated film Happy Feet.
CAMPAIGNS AND APPEARANCES
- Irwin promoted Australia’s customs and quarantine requirements by working with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service in producing advertisements and slogans – one popular slogan was “Quarantine Matters! Don’t muck with it.”
- The profits made through the campaigns went straight to his wildlife fund.
- Irwin became the ambassador for The Ghan, a passenger train operating from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
- Irwin also heavily promoted Australian tourism, particularly Queensland.
- His zoo, the Australia Zoo was voted Queensland’s top tourist attraction in 2002.
- Irwin appeared in the celebrations of the United States’ Australia Week in January 2006.
LEGACY AND HONORS
- Irwin’s main legacies are the Australia Zoo, The Crocodile Hunter television series, the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation (which was renamed Wildlife Warriors), and the International Crocodile Rescue.
- Irwin discovered a new species of turtle in 1997 while on a fishing expedition with his father; he later named it “Irwin’s turtle” (Elseya irwini).
- In 2009, a land snail species was named after Irwin: Crikey steveirwini.
- Irwin received the following honours: the Centenary Medal (2001), Queensland Australian of the Year (2004), and Queensland Greats Award (2015, posthumous).
- Irwin was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
- Besides his passion in wildlife conservation, he was also a massive cricket and rugby fan and participated in mixed martial arts.
- His unfortunate and sudden death happened on September 4, 2006 when he was filming a new show while snorkeling at Port Douglas, Queensland.
- He went into cardiac arrest immediately after being fatally stung in the chest by a stingray.
- The footage was not aired but was used for investigation.
- Millions of fans and people who admired him and his work as a conservationist mourned his death.
Steve Irwin Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Steve Irwin across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Steve Irwin worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Steve Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, who was an Australian conservationist and zookeeper who became internationally known through the wildlife documentary series “The Crocodile Hunter”. He co-hosted the show with his wife. They were also the owners of the Australia Zoo.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Steve Irwin Facts
- The Crocodile Hunter
- Career Years
- The Crossword Hunter
- Zoo Animals
- The Irwins
- Capturing Crocodiles
- TV Personality
- Unfortunate News
- I Care, I Conserve
- A Trip to the Zoo
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