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Steve was born into the world of wildlife, growing up on the Sunshine Coast in
Queensland, where he assisted his parents at the 'Beerwah Reptile Park.' This
wildlife park, founded in 1970, covered two acres and housed various native
species, including lace monitors, tiger snakes, freshwater crocodiles, magpie geese,
and kangaroos. Steve's mother, Lyn, played a remarkable role in caring for many
kangaroos, nurturing them in homemade pouches as a skilled wildlife rehabilitator,
nursing injured and orphaned animals back to health and releasing them into the
From a very young age, Steve displayed a natural affinity with wildlife. Throughout
the seventies, he accompanied his family on field trips, participating in activities
such as relocating troublesome crocodiles, studying snakes in Queensland's
deserts, and assisting the university with bird surveys.
By the 1980s, the wildlife park had expanded to four acres, employed two full-time
staff, and was rebranded as the 'Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park.' During this
time, Steve volunteered for the East-Coast Crocodile Management Program,
capturing over 100 crocodiles, which were either relocated or housed within the
In 1991, Steve assumed management of the wildlife park, and shortly thereafter, he
met Terri Raines from Eugene, Oregon. Their meeting led to love at first sight. Terri,
with a background in the family construction business and wildlife rehabilitation,
especially with predatory mammals, became an integral part of Steve's life.
The couple married on June 4, 1992, and their life of adventure began. Instead of a
traditional honeymoon, they embarked on a crocodile rescue mission, documenting
the experience for the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter documentary series.
This marked the beginning of a prolific career, producing over 300 episodes of
various wildlife programs enjoyed by millions worldwide.
The 1990s brought significant changes, including Steve's parents retiring and the
renaming of their growing wildlife park to 'Australia Zoo.' In 1998, Steve and Terri welcomed their first child, Bindi, named after one of Steve's favourite crocodiles.
Their family expanded with the birth of their son, Robert, on December 1, 2003.
As their filming endeavours generated additional funds, Steve and Terri committed
to reinvesting all proceeds from filming and merchandise into conservation efforts.
This commitment led to the establishment of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in
2004, dedicated to Steve's mother after her passing in 2000. The hospital continues
to rescue, rehabilitate, and release over 7,000 native Australian animals annually.
Steve Irwin was awarded QLD Australian of the Year in 2004 to honour his efforts as
an environmentalist, conservationist, naturalist, and animal lover. He is an Australian
icon and tourism ambassador for Australia. Steve also offered his services to many
community and charity services including the Make a Wish Foundation, Leukaemia
Foundation, and the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Queensland.
Tragically, on September 4, 2006, Steve passed away in an accident while
snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. The world mourned the loss. Today, Terri,
Bindi, and Robert honour Steve's legacy by ensuring that his vision as the greatest
Wildlife Warrior lives on. Australia Zoo has grown to over 700 acres, employing over
500 staff, and continues Steve's mission of "Conservation Through Exciting
I am honoured to announce that Australia Zoo and the Irwin family have granted me the privilege of wearing a Steve Irwin Day shirt along with traditional khaki shorts, complemented by true blue Aussie accessories including an Akubra Hat gifted by Jack Cannons, Variety The Children’s Charity board member and Founder of Bush to Beach!
The collaboration between my project—Educate Resuscitate and Bush to Beach— and Australia Zoo has opened the discussion for future
visits to the park from our First Nations Kids.
Established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin, Wildlife Warriors is driven by the mission to become the most impactful wildlife conservation organisation globally. Steve's visionary approach aimed at fostering a coexistence between people and wildlife is at the core of this organisation. Every conservation project undertaken by Wildlife Warriors aligns with this vision. Through funding, education, research, and unwavering commitment, Wildlife Warriors tirelessly strive to safeguard wildlife and preserve natural habitats across the globe for future generations.
Wildlife Warriors aims to engage and enlist the support of compassionate individuals in safeguarding injured, threatened, or endangered wildlife. Today, Wildlife Warriors boasts thirteen global conservation projects, three expansive conservation properties, and a devoted community of global donors and supporters. The organisation persists in its mission to safeguard the lives of precious wildlife, carrying forward Steve's vision: to save one and, in doing so, save the entire species.
Celebrating 20 years of Wildlife Warriors! Take a look at the amazing night that helped raise much needed funds for wildlife and wild places.
One of the Visionary Wildlife Warriors has set himself a huge task to raise money for wildlife and wild places. Learn more above.
Wildlife Warriors envisions a world where people, wildlife, and habitats thrive together without harming each other's existence. This vision prioritises conservation efforts that ensure mutual prosperity while minimising negative impacts on ecosystems.
Wildlife Warriors strives to become the world's leading wildlife conservation organisation by delivering exceptional, outcome-driven programs and projects that embrace humanity. The goal is to prioritise inclusive approaches that benefit both wildlife and people.
Head over to www.wildlifewarriors.org.au and join us in becoming a Wildlife Warrior! By joining the global movement, you'll play a vital role in preserving wildlife and protecting natural habitats. Wildlife Warriors take action to support conservation efforts and defend our planet's most vulnerable species and ecosystems.
Click the link below to find out more about Australia Zoo, Wildlife Warriors and the Irwin Family. It is an honour to be able to collaborate with these incredible causes. All images, videos and information published have been approved by Australia Zoo.