In Remembrance of Steve Irwin
On Monday, September 4th, snakes, crocodiles and animal lovers around the world mourned the loss of one of Australia’s leading animal entertainers and conservationists, Steve Irwin. The Animal Planet’s Crocodile Hunter website has been inundated with comments and condolences to the Irwin family. Colleagues, cameramen and Discovery Communications have individualized their stories on the “In Remembrance of Steve” page.
It’s an unbelievably sad story, as I’m sure the majority of you are already aware. News sites are headlining the shock of Steve’s death. Internally, the IFAW HQ team was notified by our Australian country director Mick McIntyre. Here is a clip from his internal email:
“Most of the public know him as a famous TV personality but he was a committed conservationist as well. His organization, ‘Wildlife Warriors’, is a good example of this. http://www.wildlifewarriors.org.au/
A sad day for conservation.”
When I personally heard the news last night, I didn’t believe it. To just pass away so quickly, it was hard to grasp the reality. Steve was ‘in the moment’, doing what he loved best. He will surely be remembered for putting the human audience in places we could never venture ourselves.
IFAW sends condolences to Steve’s family, Terri, Bindi and Bob.