Steve Irwin's Birth:
Steve Irwin's Death:
Steve Irwin's Marriage:
The couple spent their honeymoon capturing crocodiles, and the film of that experience became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter, the popular documentary television series that made them international celebrities.
Steve Irwin's Children:
Irwin was a devoted husband and father. His wife Terri once said in an interview, “The only thing that could ever keep him away from the animals he loves are the people he loves even more.”
Steve Irwin's Early Life:
He got his first python at age 6, and started hunting crocodiles at age 9, when his father taught him to go into the rivers at night to capture the reptiles.
Steve Irwin's Career:
Later, Irwin was director of the Australia Zoo, which was the name he gave his family’s wildlife park after his parents retired in 1991 and he took over the business, but it was his film and television work that made him famous.
Steve Irwin's Film and Television Work:
In 2001, Irwin appeared in the film Dr. Doolittle 2 with Eddie Murphy, and in 2002 he starred in his own feature film, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.
Irwin also appeared on top-rated television programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Show.
Controversies Surrounding Steve Irwin:
In June 2004, Irwin was accused of disturbing whales, seals and penguins by coming too close to them while filming a documentary in Antarctica. No charges were filed.
Steve Irwin's Environmental Activities:
Steve Irwin was a lifelong environmentalist and animal rights advocate. He founded Wildlife Warriors Worldwide (formerly the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation), which protects habitat and wildlife, creates breeding and rescue programs for endangered species, and leads scientific research to aid conservation. He also helped found the International Crocodile Rescue.
Irwin founded the Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund in honor of his mother. All donations go directly to the Iron Bark Station Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which manages 3,450 acres of wildlife sanctuary. Irwin also purchased large tracts of land throughout Australia for the sole purpose of preserving them as wildlife habitat.
Finally, through his ability to educate and entertain millions of people, Irwin raised conservation awareness around the world. In the final analysis, that may be his greatest contribution.