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Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist, and conservationist.

Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series that he co-hosted with his wife Terri. The couple also hosted the series Croc Files (1999–2001), The Crocodile Hunter Diaries (2002–2006), and New Breed Vets (2005). They also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His death became international news and was met with expressions of shock and grief by fans, the media, governments, non-profit organizations, and other celebrities. Numerous parks, zoos, streets, and an asteroid have been named in his honour. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society named its island-class patrol vessel MY Steve Irwin after Irwin. His widow Terri Irwin, with whom he had two children, continues to operate Australia Zoo.

Quote: That might have a lot to do with it, but you know, I probably don't show fear, but I suffer from fear like everyone else. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

That might have a lot to do with it, but you know, I probably don't show fear, but I suffer from fear like everyone else.


Quote: Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior.


Quote: Scientific whaling, and other lies will be exposed and become atrocities of the past. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Scientific whaling, and other lies will be exposed and become atrocities of the past.


Quote: You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

You know, I'm Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other.


Quote: I would sooner die of a taipan bite then tell my dad that I got bitten by a taipan. Because my nose would bleed from his kicking my ass. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I would sooner die of a taipan bite then tell my dad that I got bitten by a taipan. Because my nose would bleed from his kicking my ass.


Quote: Australia has one of the worst mammalian extinction rates in the world. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Australia has one of the worst mammalian extinction rates in the world.


Quote: And I have stopped eating tuna until the tuna nets cease killing tens of thousands of dolphins every single year. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

And I have stopped eating tuna until the tuna nets cease killing tens of thousands of dolphins every single year.


Quote: My job, my mission, the reason I've been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife. And I thank you for comin' with me. Yeah, let's get 'em! by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My job, my mission, the reason I've been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife. And I thank you for comin' with me. Yeah, let's get 'em!


Quote: I think my path would have always gone back to or delivered me to wildlife. I think wildlife is just like a magnet, and it's something that I can't help. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I think my path would have always gone back to or delivered me to wildlife. I think wildlife is just like a magnet, and it's something that I can't help.


Quote: If you can't excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in? by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

If you can't excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in?


Quote: I want the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance... but most of all I want a future for our children. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I want the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance... but most of all I want a future for our children.


Quote: My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it's shaky or slightly out of focus, I don't give a rip. Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, 'Crikey!' just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it's shaky or slightly out of focus, I don't give a rip. Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, 'Crikey!' just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me.


Quote: There's a lot of research behind the scenes that you don't get to see, but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born. I was very lucky then. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

There's a lot of research behind the scenes that you don't get to see, but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born. I was very lucky then.


Quote: I was born and raised with crocodiles; they are a piece of cake. But kids are so ... unpredictable. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I was born and raised with crocodiles; they are a piece of cake. But kids are so ... unpredictable.


Quote: Statistically there's only one crocodile-related human fatality per year in the whole of Australia. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Statistically there's only one crocodile-related human fatality per year in the whole of Australia.


Quote: I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I've found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you'll be a winner. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I've found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you'll be a winner.


Quote: Crocodiles. I've been catching them since I was nine. No problem. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Crocodiles. I've been catching them since I was nine. No problem.


Quote: See, I've always seen Jacques Cousteau as a hero, mate. He's a legend -- like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the '60s through the '70s was just phenomenal. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

See, I've always seen Jacques Cousteau as a hero, mate. He's a legend -- like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the '60s through the '70s was just phenomenal.


Quote: The truth is that we will never save wildlife by killing it. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

The truth is that we will never save wildlife by killing it.


Quote: We humans still have a long way to go with learning to live harmoniously with our environment and its wildlife. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

We humans still have a long way to go with learning to live harmoniously with our environment and its wildlife.


Quote: Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart. I've had these blokes in Hollywood hug me trying to make out I'm their friend and as soon as I turn their back they take out a big bunch of knives and stab me in the back. I feel sorry for these people because they are so shallow. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of Steve Irwin quote: Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart. I've had these blokes in Hollywood hug me trying to make out I'm their friend and as soon as I turn their back they take out a big bunch of knives and stab me in the back. I feel sorry for these people because they are so shallow.- black text on quotes background

Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart. I've had these blokes in Hollywood hug me trying to make out I'm their friend and as soon as I turn their back they take out a big bunch of knives and stab me in the back. I feel sorry for these people because they are so shallow.


Quote: But I put my life on the line to save animals. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

But I put my life on the line to save animals.


Quote: The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife.


Quote: What television has done is it's given me a stepping stone to get to some other countries and really wild destinations throughout this world, which perhaps I would have had to struggle to get to. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

What television has done is it's given me a stepping stone to get to some other countries and really wild destinations throughout this world, which perhaps I would have had to struggle to get to.


Quote: When the East Timor conflict broke out, when they gained independence, the militia killed a lot of East Timorese people. And their sacred totem is the crocodile. They believe that their island is actually a solidified crocodile, so it has sacred status. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

When the East Timor conflict broke out, when they gained independence, the militia killed a lot of East Timorese people. And their sacred totem is the crocodile. They believe that their island is actually a solidified crocodile, so it has sacred status.


Quote: I have a deep-seated respect for parrots. As gifted as I am with all other wildlife, parrots have this uncanny desire to kill me. I'm not sure why, but they're like my kryptonite! by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I have a deep-seated respect for parrots. As gifted as I am with all other wildlife, parrots have this uncanny desire to kill me. I'm not sure why, but they're like my kryptonite!


Quote: If we save our wild places, we will ultimately save ourselves. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

If we save our wild places, we will ultimately save ourselves.


Quote: If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.


Quote: Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior.


Quote: And that unusual squawking sound is actually the mating call of the the rare...oh, it's just an oboe player. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

And that unusual squawking sound is actually the mating call of the the rare...oh, it's just an oboe player.


Quote: Crikey means gee whiz, wow! Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Crikey means gee whiz, wow! Crikey, mate. You're far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.




Quote: All you have to do in life is be passionate and enthusiastic and you will have a wonderful life. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

All you have to do in life is be passionate and enthusiastic and you will have a wonderful life.


Quote: My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the pest. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the pest.


Quote: We don't own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

We don't own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.


Quote: Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.


Quote: No matter where you go and what you do in America, you turn the tele on and you're confronted with violence. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

No matter where you go and what you do in America, you turn the tele on and you're confronted with violence.


Quote: Yeah, I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Yeah, I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling.


Quote: I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm just fine with that. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I'm just fine with that.


Quote: Because when they strike it can be that quick that if they're within range, you're dead, you're dead in your tracks. And his head weighs more than my body so it's WHACK! by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Because when they strike it can be that quick that if they're within range, you're dead, you're dead in your tracks. And his head weighs more than my body so it's WHACK!


Quote: Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate.


Quote: I sincerely believe that there's room for cutting down trees for forestry and grazing, so as we all get to eat. Everyone has to compromise. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I sincerely believe that there's room for cutting down trees for forestry and grazing, so as we all get to eat. Everyone has to compromise.


Quote: I'm a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I'm a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian.


Quote: I've probably saved thousands of peoples' lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I've probably saved thousands of peoples' lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything.


Quote: My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles, your snakes, your spiders. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles, your snakes, your spiders.


Quote: So now what happens is the cameras follow me around and capture exactly what I've been doing since I was a boy. Only now we have a team of, you know, like 73 of us, and it's gone beyond that. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

So now what happens is the cameras follow me around and capture exactly what I've been doing since I was a boy. Only now we have a team of, you know, like 73 of us, and it's gone beyond that.


Quote: I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet.


Quote: Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and, I was lucky enough to go along. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and, I was lucky enough to go along.


Quote: The only animals I'm not comfortable with are parrots, but I'm learning as I go. I'm getting better and better at 'em. I really am. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

The only animals I'm not comfortable with are parrots, but I'm learning as I go. I'm getting better and better at 'em. I really am.


Quote: I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn't film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn't film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out.


Quote: The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age, and it was a rescue. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age, and it was a rescue.


Quote: My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.


Quote: Crikey means gee whiz, wow! by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Crikey means gee whiz, wow!


Quote: Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Where I live if someone gives you a hug it's from the heart.


Quote: We've evolved from sitting back on our tripods and shooting wildlife films like they have been shot historically, which doesn't work for us. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

We've evolved from sitting back on our tripods and shooting wildlife films like they have been shot historically, which doesn't work for us.


Quote: When I talk to the camera, mate, it's not like I'm talking to the camera, I'm talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

When I talk to the camera, mate, it's not like I'm talking to the camera, I'm talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me.


Quote: You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny.


Quote: I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.


Quote: Take the crocodile, for example, my favorite animal. There are 23 species. Seventeen of those species are rare or endangered. They're on the way out, no matter what anyone does or says, you know. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Take the crocodile, for example, my favorite animal. There are 23 species. Seventeen of those species are rare or endangered. They're on the way out, no matter what anyone does or says, you know.


Quote: I have no fear of losing my life -- if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I have no fear of losing my life -- if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.


Quote: Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I've been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn't matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I've been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn't matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous.


Quote: I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment.


Quote: No, snakes are no problem. I'd go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

No, snakes are no problem. I'd go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem.


Quote: I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.


Quote: My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the past. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the past.


Quote: Yeah, for some reason parrots have to bite me. That's their job. I don't know why that is. They've nearly torn my nose off. I've had some really bad parrot bites. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Yeah, for some reason parrots have to bite me. That's their job. I don't know why that is. They've nearly torn my nose off. I've had some really bad parrot bites.


Quote: So, my tactic with conservation of apex predators is to get people excited and take them to where they live. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

So, my tactic with conservation of apex predators is to get people excited and take them to where they live.


Quote: Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent.


Quote: So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes.


Quote: Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing. by author Steve Irwin overlaid on photo of photo of author Steve Irwin with quote

Yeah, I'm a thrill seeker, but crikey, education's the most important thing.


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