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.
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.