‘ I have no fear of losing my life -if I have to save a crocodile, I will save it.’
– Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin was born in Melbourne, Australia to wildlife expert parents. He grew up surrounded with wildlife in the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. He was introduced to reptiles in his early childhood. He was gifted a 12 foot scrub python on his sixth birthday. His father taught him to handle reptiles and he wrestled his first Crocodile at the age of 19. After graduating , he became a crocodile trapper and caught crocodiles from populated areas where they were considered to be a danger. He performed this service for free, but he kept the captured reptiles in the park. The park was later converted to Australia Zoo.
He was also seen in many other documentaries and even in the movie ‘Dr. Doolittle’, starring Eddie Murphy. The Crocodile Hunter has become very popular and the show was seen in more than 150 countries. Seeing his dedication and hard work, he was awarded the Centenary medle and Australian of the year Award.
Steve was dedicated conservationalist and environmentalist and aroused everybody’s interest in these wonderful creatures. He raised awareness about environmental issues by entertaining people. People loved his fearless nature. He started an animal charity called Wildlife Worriors Worldwide.
The great environmental crusader met with fatal accident while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. A stingray spine pierced his chest.
We all must not forget the cause for which he lived and keep his memory alive by treating nature with the respect she deserves and by showing kindness and love to animals.
Interesting facts about crocodile
*A crocodile can’t move it’s tongue and cannot chew.
*It’s digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.