'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin Dies
Steve with wife Terri and daughter Bindi
September 6, 2006
Steve Irwin's sudden death this week has left his fans and admirers in a state
of shock. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world since the news
We feel it's fitting to say a few words about Steve on this site because his
life and accomplishments were truly extraordinary, and there is much to emulate
for anyone desiring a fulfilling and meaningful life.
For a start, Steve Irwin did what he truly loved. He didn't choose his career
for the opportunity to make lots of cash, because 'there was a good market out
there', or for any of the other reasons many marketing and success gurus talk
about. He loved Nature and wildlife with a passion that came through in
everything he said or did. The fact that there was a huge audience for his
projects, resulting in mega-bucks and international fame, was a bonus. Steve
poured most of his earnings back into his wildlife projects and used a large
portion to purchase habitats for endangered animals.
Another amazing thing about Steve's life was that he didn't separate family and
career. His wife Terri shared his passion for wildlife and conservation, and
their children, Bindi and Bob, quickly became an integral part of their
projects. Steve often spoke about how family was the most important thing in
his life, and he created a situation where he shared the bulk of his time with
them. That's a great accomplishment if you can pull it off.
Finally, Steve made it by being himself. He did not 'dress for success', modify
his broad working-class Australian accent, or tone down his over-the-top
personality. One of the reasons many Americans said they admired him was
because he was so down to earth and genuine.
Australians sometimes complained that Steve Irwin projected a negative image of
the country because of his lack of sophistication and unbridled enthusiasm. His
use of the 1950's slang term "crikey" made us cringe. Others criticised his
'sensationalist' approach to his subject. But the response to his death has
demonstrated the overwhelmingly high regard in which he was held.
Steve Irwin's legacy is the increased awareness he has promoted worldwide of
the importance of protecting wildlife. He was a true conservationist, and many
people have written to him over the years to let him know that they've became
active conservationists themselves, or entered the field on a professional
level, as a direct result of his influence.
What a wonderful legacy.
Steve, your contribution to the planet was immeasurable. Rest in peace.
12 Months On...
In the time since Steve left us, there have been numerous television and online
tributes, as well as a number of books and videos made about his life. Many of
the web site tributes that we linked to from this page are no longer available,
so we've put together a short list of the better books and videos on Steve if
you want to know more about the man and his work.
Here are the videos currently available from Amazon. You can click on each
image, then click on the title to read the reviews:
Here are recent books written about Steve. Again, you can read reviews and
comments by clicking on the titles that pop up: