Monday, September 03, 2007

Tribute To Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin World Class Husband, Father, and Conservationist!

Born: 22 February 1962
Died: 4 September 2006(barbed by a stingray)
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Best known as: "The Crocodile Hunter" on TV

Part wildlife expert and part entertainer, Irwin became world famous for his television series,The Crocodile Hunter, and other nature programs. While he had no scientific degree he was University educated. His education began as he grew up studying and caring for animals at his parents' wildlife park, which is now known as the Australia Zoo. He first learned how to catch and handle his beloved crocodiles from his father and once received a python as a birthday present.
He grew up to become worldwide famous "The Crocodile Hunter". Clad in his signature khakis, and bursting with enthusiasm, Irwin along with his wife, Terri Raines, shared their passion for Conservation by demonstrating a fearless approach to wildlife. Raised by parents who rescued and rehabilitated animals in Queensland Australia, Irwin was exposed to wild animals at a very young age and sought to continue the tradition with his own children, Bindi Sue and Robert, who often appeared in his shows. He was praised for educating children about nature, and awarded for attracting tourism to Australia with his zoo, originally started by his parents as a reptile and fauna park. Fans around the world expressed their shock and grief over The Crocodile Hunter's untimely death in 2006. Steve Irwin's love of animals and message of conservation lives on in his daughter, as she follows in his footsteps in her own television series, "Bindi Irwin, The Jungle Girl".

His family friends all over the world continue his work in Conservation with all of his passion guiding them.

As far as his message .. Nobody said it better than Steve himself!

Steve Irwin Quotes;

"Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent."
"I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet."
"I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction."
"I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message."
"I have no fear of losing my life If I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."
"My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles, your snakes, your spiders."
"So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes."
"Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart."
"Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing."

Steve Irwin Trivia
Discovered a turtle species, which was then named after him - Elseya Irwini, which means Irwin's turtle.
Trained in the fighting/grappling style of Gaidojutsu
Admitted to a fear of parrots, having been bitten on the nose by them several times.
Although happily married, Steve did not wear a wedding ring because of the hazard it could pose to him and the animals

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Cheers to you my friend I know you are keeping a watchful eye..