Mss Katarina Kutajac

Topics: Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo, Crocodile Pages: 2 (666 words) Published: May 13, 2013
Stephen Robert Irwin

Steve Irwin was an Australian wildlife expert and TV personality. His Documentary “Crocodile Hunter” was broadcast internationally and he achieved success. Steve made wildlife documentaries in a new and exiting way and he was popular among children, teenagers, young and older generations.

Steve Irwin was born in 1962 in Essendon, Victoria. His parents Bob and Lin shared a love for Australian wildlife and this is the main reason why Steve developed such an interest in animals. In his childhood he had some unusual pets like a piton, kangaroos, emus and wallabies. In 1973 his parents founded Beerwah Reptile Park with small reptiles. While growing up he helped his parents informing other people to appreciate crocodiles instead of fear them. Steve and his father use to cache crocodiles that people reported to be very aggressive, and that is how he learned to cache crocodiles without hurting them. If they did not cache them the crocodile would be shot, and they avoid that.

Irwin background as naturalist is entirely self-taugth, he did not have any higher education. Throughout his teen and young adult years he worked at Australian Zoo and his focus was on Australian larges predators crocodiles and alligators. In the early 1980s he captured one of the unusual turtles with a white head and pinkish nose, and found out that is non identified species. This unusual turtle was named after him. Irwin’s Turtle or Esya Irvin. Short after in 1985 he found an other new species, a lizard that lives on the trees, the canopy goanna.

In 1991 Steve Irwin became director of the Australian Zoo and he expend the property and increased the number of animals. Also he added a veterinary centre for animal in the zoo and for the animals hurt in the wild. Because he wonted to increase public awareness and save crocodiles the areas for crocodiles became more important for him.

Soon after he became director of the Australian Zoo he meet his future wife...
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