41 Wild Facts about Steve Irwin.

July 31, 2017 | Miles Brucker

41 Wild Facts about Steve Irwin.

Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, was an Australian zookeeper and animal expert. Until his tragic death, Steve worked tirelessly to educate and advocate for animals and nature conservation.

Here are 41 wild facts about Steve Irwin.

41. Early Bird

Steve had been around animals almost all of his life. As a present on his sixth birthday, he was given a scrub python. By age nine, he was handling crocodiles under the supervision of his father

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Steve Irwin introduces his son to a reptilian friend.

40. Wild About Animals

Steve began running the Australia Zoo in 1991, which was the same year he made his debut appearance in a television special about reptiles and wildlife. Humble beginnings for someone who would be world famous in less than ten years time.

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39. No Rest

The first episode of The Crocodile Hunter featured Steve and new bride Terri trapping crocodiles on their honeymoon. Not what most couples dream of when they think honeymoon.

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38. Super Star

By 1999, Steve’s show The Crocodile Hunter had become ridiculously popular in the United States. It was broadcast in over 130 different countries around the world. How many other shows can claim that kind of global appeal?

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37. Movie Star

In 2002, Steve starred in his only feature film, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, which won a Young Artist Award for the Best Family Feature Film–Comedy. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out, fans of Steve will particularly enjoy it.

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36. Ambassador

Steve was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001. The medal honored Steve for his service to global conservation and Australian tourism. Steve is the only zookeeper to ever earn that honor.

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35. Irrational

Despite working with dangerous animal like crocodiles and snakes, Steve’s greatest fear was of parrots. Of course, the man that hangs out with apex predators is afraid of a small bird.

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34. Daddy’s Little Girl

His daughter, Bindi Sue, got her name from Steve’s Staffordshire bull terrier (named Sui) and his favorite crocodile (named Bindi).

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33. Active Dad

He was a big fan of Australian rules football and also trained in the martial arts system of Gaidojutsu. Steve liked to stay in shape because his job was very physically demanding… Apparently, you need to be in shape if you want to wrestle crocs all day and live to tell about it.

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32. Legacy

Steve has a species of snapping turtle named in his honor – Elseya Irwini. Steve found the new species of turtle while working on his show. Don’t get too close though, they’re not as friendly as Steve was.

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Elseya Irwini.

31. Irwin Week

During the "Australia Week" celebrations in January 2006, Irwin appeared at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. This was at the height of his fame and audiences were thrilled to see their hero in person.

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30. Recognized

The avid conservationist was awarded a ‘Queensland Museum Medalist’ in 2002 and was named a winner of ‘Brisbane’s Best Export Award’. Each of these honors was bestowed on Irwin as a direct result of his commitment to rescuing animals. There’s no denying Steve loved animals.

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Steve Irwin's Son Shows Off Boa to Nervous Jimmy Fallon.

29. Croc Hunter Indeed

He worked as a volunteer for Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management program and captured over 100 crocodiles. That’s a lot of crocs!

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Bindi on Dancing with the Stars.

28. Foundations

Irwin described his father as a wildlife expert interested in herpetology, while his mother Lyn was a wildlife rehabilitator. After moving to Queensland, Bob and Lyn Irwin started the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Steve grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles.

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Bob Irwin (Steve’s father), and the Irwin Family Pose Beside Statue of Steve and Themselves.

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27. Zookeeper

Steve Irwin and his wife Terri also owned and operated The Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. The zoo is still operating to this day.

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26. Put In The Work

As a child, Irwin would take part in the feeding of the animals, as well as helping with the general maintenance of both the park and the animals. The park would go on to change names a few times before Irwin renamed it ‘The Australia Zoo.’ His surviving family members still manage the zoo.

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25. Hometown Glory

Irwin grew up in Beerwah, Australia. The area is not all that big in terms of population, as the number hovers around the 6,000 mark. Due to Irwin’s accomplishments, he became a national icon, and was honored in his hometown by having a street named after him. Ironically, much like his life was, this specific road is quite dangerous, and there have been many accidents over the years.

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24. Making Waves

To go along with the road being named after Irwin, he also had an important ship named after him. The MY Steve Irwin is the 194-foot flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and is used when the organization takes direct action against whaling and other illegal fishery activities. This group stands up for the well-being of aquatic wildlife, and Irwin would be proud of their efforts to protect Australia’s sea creatures.

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23. International Love

In 1991, future wife Terri went on a tour of Australia and visited Steve’s zoo. It was there that they met, and Steve went on to say that “it was love at first sight.” The two were engaged after just four months, and went on to get married and live a happy life doing what they both loved to do.

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22. Big Fan

Irwin was known to be a passionate Brisbane Broncos fan, a rugby team based out of the Queensland capital. One time in particular, Irwin showed up to the team’s training camp and asked to tackle the largest player on the team, Shane Webcke. Irwin was destroyed by Webcke, but despite being crushed, was happy as could be.

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Shane Webcke.

21. Movie Star Part II

Steve Irwin made a cameo appearance in Dr. Dolittle 2, and did not disappoint. While Irwin wasn’t going to be taking home any Oscar for his performance, his likability still shined. When Irwin appeared on screen, his passion for animals was clear, and one couldn’t help but smile when they saw him in his trademarked khaki outfit.

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20. Unusual

Of all the aggressive, dangerous animals that Irwin has dealt with, the creature that ended up taking his life was the normally docile stingray. In fact, Irwin’s death was said to be only the third known fatal stingray attack in Australia, and the 17th in the entire world.

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19. Negative Press

Steve once fed a crocodile at his zoo while holding his newborn son in the other hand. Some people went as far as claiming that Irwin was in fact guilty of child abuse, as he put his baby’s life in jeopardy. However, Irwin denied the allegations that he was harming his child, stating that Robert was never in any danger whatsoever. The authorities agreed with Irwin, and no charges were laid on him from the incident.

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18. Conservationist

Steve purchased large pieces of land in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the United States to preserve endangered species and wildlife with the money he earned from his show. Truly a selfless human being.

17. Biblical

The CEO of RSPCA called Irwin the “modern-day Noah.”

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16. Not What Steve Would Have Wanted

After his death, a number of stingrays were found dead with their tails cut off. It was assumed to be revenge of fans.

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15. Private

Irwin's funeral ceremony and burial was in at the Australia Zoo, and not accessible to the public. Probably for the best, given the last fact.


14. Best Mates

Steve's best friend Wes is the Director of The Australia Zoo. He keeps things on track when Steve and Terri were away from the Zoo. Steve saved Wes' life when he was attacked by Graeme the croc during a flood at Australia Zoo. Good thing Steve was there to the rescue!

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13. Cold Feet

Steve said his scariest moment was getting married. He was sweating bullets in front of the priest.

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12. Water Wings

When Steve wasn't out catching crocs, he loved jet skiing. Steve was also a dry suit certified diver and would dive recreationally often.

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11. Home Movies

Steve's dad gave him a video camera so that he could film himself catching crocs when he was in North Queensland. It was these films that inspired producer John Stainton to start The Crocodile Hunter series.

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10. Martial Artist

Steve Irwin loved mixed martial arts competitions and trained with Greg Jackson at Jackson Wink MMA Academy before his death. Greg Jackson’s gym as produced some of the best MMA fighters of the last 20 years, so Steve was in good hands.

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9. Cameos

Steve Irwin appeared in a 2006 ESPN television commercial in their This is SportsCenter series. In the commercial, he wrestled the Gator mascot of the University of Florida to the ground in an ESPN studio hallway.

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8. Party City

Steve Irwin's popularity has led to him becoming a popular character at costume parties in Australia and the United States.

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7. Legal Battle

In June of 2004, he was sued by an Australian court, accused of changing the lives of animals such as penguins and whales during a documentary on Antarctica, but was acquitted. They probably realized he changed their lives for the better.

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6. Fearless

At the young age of 6, Irwin caught his first venomous snake, a Common Brown and was known to be late for school on many an occasion, as he’d stop his mother on the way to school to stop and rescue various animals.

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Common brown snake.

5. Instant Classic

The first episode of The Crocodile Hunter hit the air in 1996. It quickly became an international favorite, eventually reaching over 500 million fans worldwide.


4. Warrior

Everyone knows that Steve Irwin was a wildlife lover, but most fans don't realize he actually continues to have a big impact on wildlife conservation today. In 2002, he founded the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, which was later renamed the "Wildlife Warriors." The foundation was formed as an effort to educate people on the importance of protecting injured, threatened, and endangered wildlife. It continues to operate and do incredible work today, and you can support them by visiting their website.


3. Foresight

In July 2006, he established a ten-year plan for the zoo to solidify the future of The Australia Zoo. This plan also guaranteed a continuation of his conservation efforts – an important step as he passed just 2 months later.

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2. Growth

As Irwin’s television popularity grew, it also sparked growth in his “at home” work. The once meager ‘Australia Zoo’ grew to over 16 acres with 550 animals in 2000 to over 80 acres with more than 1,000 animals, in 2007.

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1. Value Added

Steve Irwin is one of the most significant personalities in wildlife preservation today, and had a networth of $10 million at the time of his passing in 2006. He is respected for his renowned commitment to wildlife preservation and conservation.

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