Teddy Bear News
Author: teddygirl | Thursday September 21, 2006
A true hero for animals.
Over 5,000 people attended the Steve Irwin memorial at the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo on September 20th (Australia time), and millions watched it on TV. Guests included Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin, and Bob Irwin (both Steve’s father and son). Howard, Bindi and Bob all spoke. Bindi gave a wonderful speech and said her father was her hero and that she wanted to continue his work. Bob said people should grieve for the animals but not his son. He said the animals lost their best friend, and the animals did lose a friend. I think the animals are crying, but I hope others will be inspired by Steve.
The Irwins did a lot for wildlife. They started a charity organization called Wildlife Warriors where 100% of the funds help wildlife because Australia Zoo takes care of the administrative costs. Steve was a wildlife warrior and so the name fits. Wildlife Warriors educates people about animals and protects and researches wildlife. The Irwins have purchased thousands of acres of land to protect wildlife. They spoke out against the illegal wildlife trade although it is the second largest illegal trade behind drugs. He made people love predators when they normally wouldn’t. People watched the Crocodile Hunter because he educated and entertained people at the same time. Many nature shows were slow but not the Crocodile Hunter. He used terms such as crikey, crocs rule, danger danger, and have a look at this beauty. The Irwins allowed you to get to know them through their shows. You not only cared for the animals but you cared for them as people. The Irwins built the Australia Zoo into one of the largest zoos in the world, and they also built an animal hospital.
Steve Irwin was a true role model; he truly cared for animals and his family. He did more in his short life than most people do in their entire lives. He will be remembered. The animals are crying.
For more information about Wildlife Warriors, visit http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au