If you are asked who is your favorite wildlife expert? One name will surely come up – Steve Irwin. This man is a legend. He is very popular for all the right reasons.
Stephen Robert Irwin, also known as “The Crocodile Hunter” was an Australian zookeeper, a television personality, an environmentalist and conservationist, and a wildlife expert. He has achieved his worldwide fame through his television series, “The Crocodile Hunter.” This was an internationally broadcasted wildlife documentary series that he co-hosted with his wife, Terri.
After he passed away at 44 years old in 2006 after a stingray directly hit him to the heart, his family made sure that his legacy would live on.
Terri Irwin continues to operate the Australia Zoo with their two children – Robert and Bindi. Irwin’s family has done so many things for the wildlife in Australia. There is no doubt that they shared the same passion as their father.
In the midst of a wildfire emergency going on these past few months, the family is doing everything they can to save as many animals from the Australian wildfires. During a webchat with Inside Edition, Terri and Robert introduced everyone to the fruit bats that they were saving.
Just like what Steve did when he was still alive, his children and his wife continue to help out and go over and beyond to help these poor animals.
According to CNN, the Irwin family has saved and treated over 90,000 animals and many of them were injured during the Australia wildfires. Robert shared on Instagram that one of them was Ollie, an orphaned platypus was patient no. 90,000 at the Wildlife Hospital. On this Instagram post, Robert wrote, “With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much.”
Robert also confirmed that the Australia Zoo which is owned and operated by their family, as well as their conservation properties are not endangered by the fires. But their Wildlife Hospital has been “busier than ever.”
Bindi also posted a picture of Steve and her mom holding a crocodile with a caption that reads: “My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honor her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”
She also shared another picture of Blossom, a possum who died after being rescued from the bushfires despite them “working so hard to save her life. ” and receiving all the care and love at the hospital. Blossom is just one of the many animals that have been taken by Australia’s fires.
In fact, almost a third of the koala population in Australia’s New South Wales region are believed to have been killed in the bushfires.
Aside from the animals, at least 24 human lives were also taken by the Australia wildfires. In the state of New South Wales alone, over 1,300 houses have been destroyed.
There is no doubt that Steve Irwin is very proud of his family, especially his children. They have definitely followed their fathers’ legacy. Thanks to them and to the rest of the rescue teams who have done everything they can to save the injured animals from the wildfires.