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Happy 57th Birthday, Dear 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin!

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It’s Steve Irwin’s 57th birthday and we can’t keep our calm! Today we are celebrating the best man’s birthday. Everyone must have heard the name, Steve Irwin. He was a renowned zookeeper from Australia, who still plays a massive role in other’s lives. This legendary man passed away in a terrible accident, and since then his legacy has been looked after by his wife and children.

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Steve Irwin, from a very young age, became a part of wildlife due to his parents. Unlike normal kids, he was gifted a python on his birthday. He started to volunteer in the Queensland’s East Coast Crocodile Management where he got hold of more than 100 crocodiles. The management of his family park was taken over by him, and afterwards, he modified the name to “Australia Zoo”. 

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The Crocodile Hunter's, as Steve Irwin was often called by people, life was a long, adventurous story of how he wrangled crocodiles, or even tackled a snake and how he helped an animal survive. He had an insatiable love for wild animals and he was always thirsty for more adventures. He was the host of a very popular show, “The Crocodile Hunter” and his enthusiasm was loved by people worldwide. He had numerous fans and loved by many, many people out there. But, more than anything, Steve Irwin only had his mind set on rescuing animals and most importantly, crocodiles. According to Steve Irwin, “Crocs rule!”

“The Crocodile Hunter” was a show which was firstly telecasted only in Australia. The first episode telecasted was being shot when Steve Irwin was on his honeymoon with his wife, Terri Irwin. The first episode got telecasted in the year 1996. Next year, the show went on to the North American Television screens. The show became beyond popular and was watched by many. Gradually, more than 130 countries, had telecasted the show, and it became immensely successful. The world famous catchword, “Crikey! ” is still remembered by many.

Steve Irwin was also awarded with several honours. The Government of Australia, in 2001, awarded Irwin with the Centenary Medal, due to his “service to global conservation and to Australian tourism”. One baby gorilla has also been named after Steve Irwin by the Rwanda government for his contribution to the conservation and preservation of wildlife throughout his entire lifetime.

Steve Irwin was the man who loved wildlife endlessly. He had taken several measures to preserve and rescue wildlife. As he says, “I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world’s endangered species”. He also bought lands in several countries and made national parks out of them to give the animals a habitat. Steve Irwin had also established his own foundation, the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation. Later, it transformed into a charity and a new name was set up, i.e. “Wildlife Warriors Worldwide”.

At the age of 44, Steve Irwin met with an accident which took his life. He was a part of the documentary film, “Ocean’s Deadliest”. In the underwater film, his heart got pierced while shooting for it. A stingray fish was the cause of his untimely death. 

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