Through the life’s work of Steve Irwin, it helped people in the millions to recognize the magnificence and splendor of Mother Nature’s wildlife. He went on to host his edutainment series “The Crocodile Hunter” with the help of his wife, and also founded the “Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation.” As the impact he had on the world was so huge, the 15th of November has been named “Steve Irwin Day” internationally. However, even though this television sensation and wildlife expert is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through his family. Thanks to his wife Terry, and children Bindi and Robert, they have been able to open up an elephant hospital in Indonesia.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Terry Irwin says that “We just — just — finished one of his greatest goals, which was to open an elephant hospital in Indonesia. In Sumatra, when Elephants step on a landmine or they get caught in a snare there was no hospital to treat them, and we now have just opened an elephant hospital, so it’s pretty special.”
Most Australians and many others around the world would know, how much time and effort Steve and Terri put in to develop the Australian Zoo. A staff member at the zoo Luke Reavley commented saying that “Steve Dreamed of opening an elephant hospital after witnessing first-hand the issues they were facing in the wild.”
The Australian Zoo and several other organizations have gone on to fund the elephant hospital in Indonesia. Staffed with veterinarians who will go on to train the Indonesian team members on how to care for elephants and micro-chipping, the staff hopes to monitor the elephant population better with the latter task.
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Dad first created the term ‘Wildlife Warriors’. Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Together we have protected nearly half a million acres of conservation property. We have cared for over 86,000 wildlife patients at our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with the goal of giving each animal a second chance at life and releasing them back to the wild. We support cheetah and rhino conservation work in Africa and employ a team of 60 rangers in Sumatra to dismantle illegal tiger snare traps. We’ve funded and participated in over 50 conservation studies, learning more about how to better protect our wildlife and wild places. We have filmed across the globe hoping to educate and inspire everyone to believe in their strength to change the world. We have dedicated our lives to standing up for Mother Earth. It’s up to ALL OF US to make a difference for the generations to come. The future is in our hands. 💙
Steve’s daughter Bindi states that “I think for us as a family we always want to make sure that his legacy continues. Because Dad always said, ‘I don’t care if people remember me. I care if people remember my message.’”
Being a conservationist and environmentalist all her life, Terry had started a rehabilitation center for predator animals just at the age of 22. As Terry and Steve both shared a passion and care for wildlife, they raised their children with the same love and passion. Like both parents, Robert and Bindi are as keen and enthusiastic to protect and defend the wildlife and do something more in what their father began.