The Crocodile Hunter

12 years ago this week Australia’s famous Wildlife Warrior, Steve Irwin, died after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb. He was filming an underwater documentary at the time. “Crikey, mate.”

Steve was renowned for his passion and love of animals. After his death, his wife Terri and children Bindi and Bob carry on his work in conservation, animal protection and rescue.  Australia Zoo, founded by his parents, is located 80  kilometres north of Brisbane in Queensland.

“My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife. And I thank you for comin’ with me. Yeah, let’s get ’em!”  Steve Irwin

“When I talk to the camera, mate, it’s not like I’m talking to the camera, I’m talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me.”

I know this is a long video but it is broken into short segments. It reminded me of his passion and enthusiasm. He lived life to the fullest. I ended up watching the lot.

“Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior.”

Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

37 thoughts on “The Crocodile Hunter

  1. I can’t believe that has been 12 years!! He was a hero who taught people to love nature. The irony is that when he died a number of his supposed supporters went out and killed and maimed stingrays. Shows how much they understood.
    Where did you get that fabulous picture of Teach Peace??

    1. Steve has had his fair share of detractors – and his family continues to attract some of that. But I think overall the good his work and example have achieved far outweighs the rest. I found that sign on FaceBook I think. I loved it and grabbed a copy. I can email you the original if you like – I cropped it a bit to tidy it up

  2. Twelve years? I don’t know why I’m surprised by time, Raili, but I am… time after time! 😀
    Steve certainly lived his life doing what he loved, that’s for sure.

  3. I finally have full internet services. I was going to watch a bit of this, then move on since I have a lot to catch up on, but he’s mesmerising. I had to watch it to the end, and even that was not enough.

      1. Not so much the animal activism. Criticism about the direction Terri is taking with the business, family feuding, taking advantage of/using his kids …. who are now grown up and can make up their own minds. And are as active as ever being wildlife warriors. There has not been as much in the news of late – maybe it has run its course.

      2. Have you ever noticed that (with women especially) if you stand up for something you get really shouted down a lot of times by people? I have felt this increasingly when I have been out spoken. I also think of Serena Williams the other day, how she was criticized and stood up for herself and got so torn down (but fortunately many supported her too) I think the umpire was prejudiced/possibly racist and definitely sexist/big-womenist, and that Billie Jean King was so right what she said about that. It makes me mad that they would be criticized when all they have ever done is try to do good things, more than most of us do. It’s scathing (best word ever) to try to be public these days, I often have complex fantasies about desert islands 😉 (Or Australia as it seems, well a paradise). I wish I’d tried harder when I was younger to emigrate to Australia, when I met B since she was American it was inevitable if we moved we’d move back to America but there’s so much more to be said for Oz and I always had an affinity for it (said in Australian accent). Back to Wentworth I go … 😉

      3. Ah, the life choices we make lead us down paths unenvisioned – is that a word? Oz is not so much of a paradise anymore unfortunately. Not as bad as some places, but burgeoning problems – violence, killings, gangs (Melbourne is bad atm) rascism etc etc etc…. dream on. The good stuff. I am a great believer in dreams coming true

      4. Well said. I still think it is relatively speaking I mean look at your garden photos alone! But it is sad that it is being ruined as seems to be many places in this world hence why I don’t believe in a huge population but we don’t seem to be taking heed! I am definitely a believer in dreams coming true … I do so hope so

    1. I’m surprised you did not know this. It made headlines worldwide at the time. His legacy lives on. Steve’s wife and children are continuing his work as passionately as he did.

      1. You misunderstand me. I was implying that I thought a crocodile would have been responsible for the death of Steve Irwin, if that was possible, not a stingray.

      2. Aaah, He was very careful around crocodiles and may have been caught off guard with the sting ray. It’s rare to be killed by them, but not unheard of. The barb went into his heart

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