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Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

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 was killed accidentally on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary 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 and non-profit organizations. Numerous parks, zoos, and streets, the vessel MY Steve Irwin, and the asteroid 57567 Crikey have been named in his honour. His widow Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, continue to operate Australia Zoo.
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