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Steve Irwin, A Tribute To The Crocodile Hunter

Updated on October 25, 2014

Crikey! A Steve Irwin (1962-2006) Tribute

Steve Irwin or "The Crocodile Hunter" is a famous Australian TV personality, wildlife expert and conservationist.

Steve Irwin became a household name through his TV show The Crocodile Hunter, in which he educated people about Australian wildlife and its dangers. Steve died doing what he loved in 2006 when he was pierced in the chest from a stingray, while filming his documentry "Oceans Deadliest".

This page is a tribute to Steve Irwin, please feel free to share your memories of the Crocodile Hunter in the comment section.

I am the proudest Australian bloke on the face of the Earth. - Steve Irwin

Early Life

Steve was born on February 22nd 1962, which just happened to be his mother's birthday. He lived in Essendon (located in Melbourne Victoria) until the age of 8 when he moved to Queensland with his family.

There his parents opened up the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Steve grow up around crocodiles and other reptiles, which he quickly become passionate about. He was involved with feeding, handling and daily maintenance of the reptiles. At the age of nine he wrestled his first crocodile under his father's supervision. Pictured Right: A picture of Steve Irwin and his dad (Bob Irwin)

Career

Steve soon took over ownership of the family owned park and was renamed The Australian Zoo in 1992. The Crocodile Hunter first aired on Australian television in 1996 and followed Steve Irwin's adventures with Australian wildlife. His television series soon quickly spread to the United States and the United Kingdom. Making Steve an international celebrity, his enthusiasm, strong Australian accent, his khaki shorts and "Crikey!" catchphrase were known the world over.

Steve continued making documentaries throughout his lifetime and was an active conservationist, promoting the importance of looking after the wonderful Australian nation and its wildlife. He also was actively involved in the Australian Zoo, putting on crocodile shows for tourists. Pictured Right: Steve wrestles a crocodile

Steve Irwin In Action At Australia Zoo

A Gallery Of Steve Irwin Photographs - In Memory Of Steve Irwin. A Wonderful Australian.

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Steve Irwin With Tiger Cub
Steve Irwin With Tiger Cub
Steve Irwin Tribute
Steve Irwin Tribute
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Steve Irwin With Baby Crocodile
Steve Irwin & Family
Steve Irwin & Family
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Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin Feeding A Tiger
Steve Irwin Feeding A Tiger
Steve Irwin & Wife (Terri)
Steve Irwin & Wife (Terri)
Steve Irwin With A Wombat
Steve Irwin With A Wombat

Family

in 1992 Steve Irwin married Terri Raines from the United States. The pair had met only a few months earlier at Australian Zoo. They both agreed that it was love at first sight.Terri said at the time, "I thought there was no one like this anywhere in the world. He sounded like an environmental Tarzan, a larger-than-life superhero guy."

Together they had two children. A daughter named Bindi Sue Irwin (born 24 July 1998). And a son named in memory of Steve's dad; Robert Clarence "Bob" Irwin (born 1 December 2003).

Steve Irwin was extremely passionate and valued family very highly. He often described Bindi as "the reason he was put on Earth". Steve Irwin not only promoted the important of wildlife but the importance of family. Pictured Right: Steve & His Family

Death

On 4th September 2006, Steve tragically lost his life after being fatally pierced by a stingray spine while filming his own documentary, the barb pierced a hole straight through his heart. The whole tragedy was caught on film and believed to be the only ever stingray death to be captured (they are highly rare and infrequent).

Steve was quickly rushed to the mainland after being stung, but was pronounced dead on arrival, despite the best efforts of his crew. It is reported that Steve died of cardiac arrest from a mixture of the stingray toxin and the damage to his heart.

Reaction & Aftermath

News of the Crocodile Hunter's death spread quickly and shocked not only Australia but the world.

Within a week of his death, countless TV stations had re-run interviews with Steve and tributes to the great Crocodile Hunter.

Stingrays were found on Queensland beaches following Stev'es death with their tails cut off, prompting speculation people were doing revenge killings for Steve's death.

Production of Stev'es documentary was completed and aired a year later, but did not cover anything from Steve's death, using only clips filmed weeks before his death. The documentary does not mention Steve's death to keep its main purpose of covering underwater wildlife. There is however a still image of Steve at the end with the caption "In Memory of Steve Irwin"

Steve Irwin Dead, The Full Story - A 10minute Collection Of News Related To Steve's Death.

My daddy was my hero, he was always there for me when I needed him. -Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin Follows Steve's Footsteps

Only 2 weeks after her fathers tragic death, Bindi made a speech about her father in front of a crowd of 5000 at Australia Zoo and over 300million television viewers.

Bindi's speech received a standing ovation and was voted the television moment of the year (Australia) in 2006. Bindi's speech received 43%of the votes. Bindi has since continued her father's dream and has since begun educating kids about the important of wildlife, family and health.

You can see the speech in the youtube video below.

Bindi Irwin Makes A Speech About Her Dad

Steve Irwin, Crocodile Merchandise

Steve & Me
Steve & Me

A wonderful and moving book written by Terri Irwin after her husbands death.

 
The Crocodile Hunter: The Incredible Life and Adventures of Steve and Terri Irwin
The Crocodile Hunter: The Incredible Life and Adventures of Steve and Terri Irwin

A collection of Steve's life and his never ending adventures.

 

Steve Irwin - True Blue Tribute

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was a huge fan of steve irwin and was deeply saddened by his death, my 8 year old daughter has all of his box sets and we still speak of him as though he were here, of course he is as he was such a big impact on a lot of peoples lives, I only wish I could have come face to face with him, crikey!! that would have been amazing, and I also think still so very highly of his family, and Bindhi is such a credit to him and of course Terri who has dealt with life ammensely well, here's to you and your children and of course the one and only "Crocodile Hunter" may god be with you and although you are the other side of the world to me you are always always in my thoughts xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Steve Irwin

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Steve was a mentor I never got to actually meet. Now I'm studying wildlife sciences with a concentration in conservation biology with a minor in herpetology. God rest his soul but I pray his spirit lives on in many others.

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      kopox 4 years ago

      i like this guy... he was a great man.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had seen Steve Irwin on TV, a real daredevil, his kind of life was too risky.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have watched Steve Irwin for many years, and I am still watching his show's, and so does my whole family, May God have him in his glory, and God bless his family.

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Loved his shows (and still do), thank you for sharing!

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      He used to frighten me to death, but what a character!

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      Markstuffnmore 5 years ago

      Great guy he was very inspiring to all who new him.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful tribute to The Crocodile Hunter! He was a very interesting man and we really enjoyed his show.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this tribute to Steve Irwin. Well done!

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      andreablogger 5 years ago

      Bindi's speech made me teary-eyed. I'll surely miss this man, his antics and his passion and love for animals.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Lovely tribute to a man who engaged life fully.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Excellent tribute to a remarkable man! Blessed. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am sad when I heard about the death of irwin, I love watching him in the wild, giving us awareness about wild life....Hope he still alive...

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Nice tribute to Steve. He was so inspiring. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      He was a good man. I just wish he were still alive. I have two words to say to Steve:

      g'day, mate.

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      walclan 8 years ago

      Nice lens, 5 stars. Steve Irwin was a great bloke!

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      Aquavel 8 years ago

      Beautiful and inspiring tribute to Steve Irwin! Awesome videos and images! 5*s and I wish I could give more!

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      das_danger 8 years ago

      I watched the crocodile hunter on animal planet constantly. I really admired the work he did for animals.

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      What An Absolutely Beautiful Tribute To A Great Man!!! Watching that video of Bindi made me really cry! She was such a brave girl! Thank you for sharing this. I always loved watching him on TV.