Steve Irwin died 13 years ago, but his legacy of wildlife conservancy continues to live on through his two kids, Bindi and Robert.
Even though he was iconically known as the “Crocodile Hunter” from the 1996 docu-series, Steve Irwin fought for the welfare of all wildlife.
Before passing away after a tragic event with a stingray, Steve expressed that the only thing that would make him step down from advocating for wildlife conservation and protection would be when his two children, Bindi and Robert, were old enough and ready to run the race themselves.
“I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever,” Bindi wrote on her Instagram in early 2018. It’s a promise that all of Steve’s surviving family has continued to keep.
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My first time watching this footage was only a few days ago. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the amount of emotion in my heart once the video ended. My dad. My superhero. I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever. A new chapter in our lives has begun as we embark on this journey with @animalplanet. There is so much on the horizon. We can’t wait to share our story as a family ❤️🐊 #WildlifeWarriors
Since his death, both of his children have stepped up to the plate and continued to advocate for wildlife conservancy not only at the Australia Zoo, but across the world.
Terri, Bindi and Robert started filimg a new show, “Crikey! It’s the Iwins,” which premiered in Oct. 2018.
“In the show, we’ll have some amazing moments of reflecting on what he used to do, from feeding crocodiles to cuddling koalas,” Bindi told Reuters. “And then you’ll see us doing the exact same things making sure that everything he loved the most carries on into the future.”
Fifteen-year-old Robert has also followed in his father’s footsteps in multiple other ways.
Whether it’s capturing photographs of elephants in the wild or visiting American late-night television shows, it is clear that Steve successfully passed on his passion for wildlife conservancy and education to his youngest child.
Recently Robert shared a side-by-side picture of him and his father on his Instagram.
Both Robert and Steve are pictured in the same pavilion, in the same stance, feeding the same crocodile.
The only difference? Fifteen years had passed between the two shots.
“Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc — two photos 15 years apart,” Robert wrote.
If Steve could see his family now, there’s no doubt that he would be proud of how much they’ve grown and how they have continued to pour their lives into a cause he so passionately lived for.
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