Over A Decade After Steve Irwin’s Tragic Death, His Legacy Of Saving Animals Amazingly Lives On

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Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images / Australia Zoo via Getty Images
Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images / Australia Zoo via Getty Images

Steve Irwin’s tragic death in 2006 left the world of animal conservation without one of its loudest and proudest names. However, his legacy has continued thanks to the tireless efforts of his wife and children. Here’s how the Irwin family have kept the spirit of the original crocodile hunter well and truly alive.

Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1962, Steve Irwin was surrounded by animals as a youngster. He spent much of his childhood working at his parents’ reptile park in Queensland, and by the age of nine he was already wrestling crocodiles. In 1991 he was officially appointed the park’s new manager, and seven years later he rechristened it Australia Zoo.

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Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Irwin became a TV star in 1996 when he showcased his lively personality, love of khaki and animal expertise on The Crocodile Hunter. After being a hit in his homeland, the show went on to enjoy success in the U.S and U.K. It was eventually broadcast in well over 100 different countries and concluded with a three-hour special in which Irwin visited everywhere from the Yangtze River to the Himalayas.

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