Monday, 15 November 2010
Steve Irwin Day - November 15, 2010
November 15 is 'Steve Irwin Day' at Australia Zoo, the zoological park first established by his father Bob Irwin and now run by his widow Terri. Pictured above is Bob (atop cage, with a crocodile inside) with Steve (right) and Steve's daughter Bindi.
The unconventional conservationist, whose TV success spawned the expansion of Australia Zoo at Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, was tragically killed by a stingray while filming on September 4, 2006.
Steve Irwin's father Bob said it was a very special day for many people around the world.
"This day will be celebrated by people in different ways to remember a true Aussie bloke who did make a difference," he said.
"For myself, every day is a Steve Irwin Day. I feel very fortunate and privileged to be Steve's dad."
Bob used the day to bring attention to a proposal for the development of two marinas in pristine Tin Can Bay, saying they would threaten the region's dugong and dolphin population.
"This is not a local issue. The area provides habitat for species that are threatened all over the world, and we need to make a stand and save some critical habitat for them," Mr Irwin said.
"I will continue Steve's message to fight for all those that do not have a voice."