who gets their very own scrub python for their 6th birthday would
have some tales to tell and Steve has plenty! While most other children
were opening cans of pet food for their cats or dogs, Steve was
out catching fish and hunting rodents to feed to his crocodiles
the son of renowned naturalists, Bob and Lyn Irwin, Steve developed
a love for critters from a very young age, helping to feed and care
for the animals at the family's Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park.
Steve's dad taught the young Steve everything there was to know
about reptiles - even teaching his nine year old how to jump in
and catch crocodiles in the rivers of North Queensland at night!
This father and son's proud boast is that every crocodile in their
park (now numbering some 100 animals) was either caught by their
bare hands or bred and raised in their Park.
is now the director of Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and
host of that wild series THE CROCODILE HUNTER.
he grew older Steve followed in his father's footsteps and volunteered
his services to the Queensland Governments rogue crocodile relocation
program which saw him spend years living on his own in the mosquito
infested creeks, rivers and mangroves of North Queensland catching
huge troublesome crocodiles single-handed. His record of successful
catches is still staggering to this day.
1991, Australia Zoo has flourished and expanded under Steve's guidance.
Steve the star was born after a chance encounter with his friend,
a television producer who was filming in the Park for TV. In true
Steve style they took a punt and the first documentary, "The
Crocodile Hunter" was produced in 1992. The tremendous success
of this one program quickly encouraged the making of more and so
over the next 3 years, 10 one hour episodes were made and on television
screens all over the world. Steve has now filmed 50 episodes of
"Crocodile Hunter", 52 episodes of "Croc Files",
and his next project will be an animated series.
has the greatest respect and understanding for all animals - something
that has been instilled into him by his family for all of his life
- and he's proud to share his passion with everyone who visits his
Zoo and with his five hundred million viewers world-wide.
1992, Steve married Terri Raines, a
young American whom he met when she visited the zoo.
Raines was born in Eugene, Oregon in the USA. Her father ran a successful
construction business - very much a family affair and in 1979 Terri
joined her dad to learn all the skills of managing their large trucking
business. Terri's dad was constantly bringing home injured creatures
from the highways his trucks traversed and this was to eventually
instill in her an ongoing commitment to saving and rehabilitating
1986 she started a rehab facility called "Cougar Country"
to re-educate and release predatory mammals such as fox, possum,
raccoon, bears, bob-cats, and of course cougars back into the wild.
Soon she was handling 300 animals a year.
in 1989 she joined an Emergency Veterinary Hospital to work as a
vet technician to gain further valuable knowledge on the care and
support of all kinds of animals. Life couldn't have been busier
as she still kept a hand in helping her dad run the family business,
rehabilitating animals through her "Cougar Country", working
spare moments at the Vet Hospital and looking after her own 15 cats,
several birds and a dog. Too full for low priority activities like
dating. Or so she thought.
it was in October, 1991 that she visited Australia to explore the
rehabilitation scene in our wildlife parks. It was while she was
on the Sunshine Coast visiting a friend that she decided to drop
into the Queensland Reptile & Fauna Park at Beerwah "just
out of curiosity". A chance meeting with the man doing the
Crocodile demo, Steve Irwin, was to change her life forever. The
couple got engaged four months later and married on the 4th June
1992 and honeymooned while filming their first television documentary.
left everything she had worked so hard for in the United States
her family's business, her rehab centre,
her veterinary work and all her beloved pets - but it was almost
as if fate had taken a hand. From the dreams of a small child, she
was to share her lifelong ideals for wildlife with the world.
"the sensible one" on Animal Planet's THE CROCODILE HUNTER,
Terri Irwin has won fans all over the world. If you saw Terri braving
the murky depths of a croc infested river after falling from the
boat you would know this is one capable lady.
Irwin is the perfect partner in this incredible daring duo of the
New Millennium and now they have a baby Irwin wrestling tiny geckos
Bindi Sue Irwin was born July
24, 1998. And no
she isn't the squeamish type.
more about Bindi Sue