Steve Irwin’s family continues to be on TV

Evan Williamson, Courier Staff

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If you take a step back and think about where you learned to appreciate and love animals, one of the most common answers might be from a man who lived Down Under. Steve Irwin better known as the Crocodile Hunter, spent years on our TV screens doing crazy things with some of the world’s deadliest creatures. Whether he was showing off animals at his zoo, the wild and or other locations, we learned so much from him and he showed generations of people what it meant to be a conservationist. He had three different types of series, such as the “Crocodile Hunter,” “Croc. Files” and “The Crocodile Hunter Diaries” all on Animal Planet. He also had his own major motion picture “Crocodile Hunter Collision Course,” all of these were well received by fans and helped give people an understanding of the world around us. Sadly in 2006, he was killed by a stingray in a freak accident while filming a documentary, a death that is still mourned by fans. Sometimes when I see something in the news regarding animals and conservation, I wonder what Steve’s opinion would have been. It is a crying shame that future generations will not be able to learn from this great man. There is hope though since his wife, son and daughter continue his work (though not as mainstream).

Bindi Irwin, Steve’s daughter, has made frequent appearances including supporting SeaWorld during the Blackfish controversy and winning the 2015 “Dancing with the Stars.” Robert (Steve’s son) on the other had, has been making frequent trips to the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” I have heard that they were going to make a new series. This was confirmed last week. While I was working on homework, I saw a commercial for the new show “Crikey! It’s the Irwin’s.” I am looking forward to it, because it probably will be in the same format as the “Crocodile Hunter,” “Croc Files” or “Crocodile Hunter Diaries.” There will be some nostalgia. We get to see Steve’s “best mate” Wes, who has been training Robert on how to handle crocodiles. Even some of the animals from the original show are probably still alive. I’m really hoping that not only will they show things happening in the Australia Zoo, but also have them travel around the world and continue to rescue animals as Steve did. I’m also hoping that the popularity of this new show will bring reruns of the original shows either on TV or online.

It is so great that the legacy of Steve is going to continue to inspire future animal lovers. Robert is just like his dad based on some of the Tonight Show clips. I do encourage you to look up videos of Steve.

“Crikey! It’s the Irwin’s” makes its debut, on Oct. 28 on Animal Planet after 12 years since the death of Steve. Steve will continue to be missed, but at least his love of animals will live on.

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