Who Was Steve Irwin? by Dina AnastasioBy popular demand, the 100th Who Was...? subject is Steve Irwin!
Steve Irwin did not have a typical childhood. Born in Melbourne, Australia, on February 22, 1962, he was raised on the wildlife park his parents owned. He cared for the animals and especially loved reptiles--he got a python for his sixth birthday! At nine years old, Steve was already helping his father wrestle small crocodiles. He became a crocodile trapper after graduating high school, catching the creatures before dangerous poachers could. Steve met his wife, Terri, at his familys park, and instead of a honeymoon, the pair filmed a wildlife documentary that led to the creation of the well-known series The Crocodile Hunter. Tragically, Steve was killed on September 4, 2006 while filming a documentary when a stingray attacked, piercing his heart. He was forty-four years old. However, his lifes work obviously still strikes a chord with kids who voted him the winner of the 100th Who Was...? title.
Steve Irwin , in full Stephen Robert Irwin , born February 22, , Essendon, Victoria, Australia—died September 4, , off the coast of Port Douglas, Queensland , Australian wildlife conservationist, television personality, and educator who achieved worldwide fame as the exuberant host of The Crocodile Hunter — television series and related documentaries. Although sometimes criticized for disturbing wildlife unnecessarily or for indulging in showmanship, Irwin claimed that his risk-taking style helped to raise concern for threatened but dangerous animals and enabled viewers to appreciate directly their power, beauty, and uniqueness. The young Irwin accompanied his father on expeditions in the Outback to trap lizards, poisonous snakes, and crocodiles, and he helped to nurse and rehabilitate the injured or abandoned kangaroos, wallabies, and birds that the park took in. In the early s Irwin accompanied his father on expeditions for the East Coast Crocodile Management Program, a government-sponsored project to reduce crocodile hunting by relocating the animals to less-populated areas or to sanctuaries, including the Beerwah park. It was on one such outing, when Irwin was age nine, that he first attempted to subdue a crocodile by jumping on its back. He soon became quite adept at the technique. In the early s Irwin worked for the Crocodile Management Program on his own, sometimes spending months alone in the bush in search of the animals.
Aug 31, Steve Irwin, in full Stephen Robert Irwin, (born February 22, , Essendon, Victoria, Australia—died September 4, , off the coast of Port.
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The accident happened while Mr Irwin, 44, was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas on the far north-east coast of Australia, according to witnesses and emergency officials. - Sign in. Steve Irwin was born in to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists.
Stephen Robert Irwin 22 February — 4 September , nicknamed " The Crocodile Hunter ", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter — , an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri ; the couple also hosted the series Croc Files — , The Crocodile Hunter Diaries — , and New Breed Vets Irwin died at 44, after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary titled Ocean's Deadliest. Irwin became involved with the park in a number of ways, including taking part in daily animal feeding, as well as care and maintenance activities. He began handling crocodiles at the age of nine after his father had educated him on reptiles from an early age. In , Irwin met Terri Raines , an American naturalist from Eugene, Oregon , who was visiting wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Australia and had decided to visit the zoo. According to the couple, it was love at first sight.
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He was a force of nature — the quintessential Aussie outdoorsmen. With his wicked sense of humor and his insatiable passion for wildlife, Steve Irwin — the crocodile hunter — became a worldwide celebrity. But Steve was also a daredevil — constantly pushing the limits in his interactions with the wild. Then, in a tragic moment, he was gone, taken from us far too soon. Both of his parents were passionate about wildlife.