Steve Irwin
Australian environmentalist and television personality
Steve Irwin
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian television personality, wildlife expert, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri.
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September 24, 2012
The Aussie Top Ten Moments recreated with Lego Minifigures Pictured: 2004: Steve Irwin feeds a crocodile with one hand, while cradling his baby son the in the other LEGO have recreated Australia's top ten Aussie moments from the past 50 years in Minifigur
January 21, 2007
* Irwin Death Fottage To Be Destroyed Video footage showing tragic Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dying from a stingray barb to the chest has been destroyed now it's no longer needed by investigators. The footage of Irwin's last moments on 4 September last
January 20, 2007
Steve Irwin fan Terri Irwin and her daughter Bindi Irwin perform with the Crocmen and The Wiggles at the G'Day NY Aussie Family Concert held at the NY City Center
November 22, 2006
Wild Republic, the nature toy brand of K&M International, working with the Irwin family and the Australia Zoo for the past 18 months announced the company will present a special line of toys and collector item series based on Steve Irwin at The 2007 Inter
September 26, 2006
* Irwin's Widow Speaks Out Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's grieving widow Terri will break her silence (27SEP06) after inviting US newswoman Barbara Walters to the Australia Zoo for a heart to heart interview. Irwin was killed in a stingray attack off
September 19, 2006
* Celebs And Family Pay Tribute To 'Hero' Irwin Late naturalist Steve Irwin has been hailed as a "hero" by his eight-year-old daughter at a moving memorial service at Australia Zoo (20SEP06). More than 50,000 fans packed out Irwin's Crocoseum at the Queen
September 16, 2006
Steve Irwin, who was recently killed by a stingray, appears in past footage as part of a tribute to him on ' Steve Irwin: A Tribute to the Crocodile Hunter '. Shown on ITV1.
September 03, 2006
Steve Irwin on Live with Regis and Kelly
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Steve Irwin's Son Continues His Dad's Legacy On 'The Tonight Show'
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Sea Shepherd ships leave to battle Japanese whaling fleet
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Two ships have left Australia bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday. The organisation's flagship Steve Irwin departed for Antarctic waters along with fast new patrol vessel Ocean Warrior, built with financial support from the Dutch, British and Swedish lotteries. It has a powerful water cannon and is capable of outrunning the whalers, which an official at Japan's Fisheries Agency said would be protected by a fleet of patrol boats.
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Orphaned baby koala finds fluffy toy friend
Yahoo News - 5 months
An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death. Nine-month-old Shayne's mother was recently hit and killed by a car in Queensland state as he clung to her back. The baby was taken to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, run by the family of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, where doctors said he was overcoming his terrifying ordeal with the help of a toy koala as he learns to be independent.
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'Crocodile Hunter' commemorated decade after death
Yahoo News - 6 months
Australians paid tribute to the memory of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on Sunday on the tenth anniversary of the death of the iconic television celebrity and conservationist. Irwin, world-famous for his daring stunts with dangerous animals, died on September 4, 2006 after being stabbed in the heart by a giant stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Irwin's close friend and manager John Stainton, who was with Irwin when he died, said it was still "hard to talk about" what happened.
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Tiger injures handler at Steve Irwin family's Australia Zoo
Yahoo News - about 1 year
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An animal handler was injured Thursday when a Sumatran tiger swiped him with claws at an Australian zoo owned by the family of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, officials said.
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Bindi Irwin Shares Adorable Video With Boyfriend Chandler Powell On Instagram
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bindi Irwin and her boyfriend, Chandler Powell, really do make an adorable couple.  Irwin, 17, shared a video on Instagram of her and Powell, 19, out for a hike. The pair are absolutely beaming, both flashing huge smiles. Steve Irwin's daughter greets the camera with a "Hello," though Powell holds a pose, before realizing his lady is actually recording. Irwin captioned the cute clip, "Pretty much sums up our relationship.... Thank you @chandlerpowell for always making me smile."  Pretty much sums up our relationship.... Thank you @chandlerpowell for always making me smile. A video posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on Dec 26, 2015 at 11:32pm PST Last week, the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 21 winner opened up about her relationship with Powell (a professional wakeboarder) in The Australian Women's Weekly magazine.  "My mum has always described him as an old-fashioned gentleman," Irwin told the mag. "He’s always there to keep me going. He’s a ...
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Bindi Irwin Shares Adorable Video With Boyfriend Chandler Powell On Instagram
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bindi Irwin and her boyfriend, Chandler Powell, really do make an adorable couple.  Irwin, 17, shared a video on Instagram of her and Powell, 19, out for a hike. The pair are absolutely beaming, both flashing huge smiles. Steve Irwin's daughter greets the camera with a "Hello," though Powell holds a pose, before realizing his lady is actually recording. Irwin captioned the cute clip, "Pretty much sums up our relationship.... Thank you @chandlerpowell for always making me smile."  Pretty much sums up our relationship.... Thank you @chandlerpowell for always making me smile. A video posted by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin) on Dec 26, 2015 at 11:32pm PST Last week, the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 21 winner opened up about her relationship with Powell (a professional wakeboarder) in The Australian Women's Weekly magazine.  "My mum has always described him as an old-fashioned gentleman," Irwin told the mag. "He’s always there to keep me going. He’s a ...
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Bindi Irwin And Derek Hough Win 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 21
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Bindi Irwin And Derek Hough Recreate That Legendary 'Dirty Dancing' Lift
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Bindi Irwin has been killing it this season on "Dancing with the Stars." The 17-year-old nabbed high scores again on this week's show, following up an emotional tribute to her late father Steve Irwin with dance partner Derek Hough that earned her a near-perfect score.  Now, the pair are taking on one of the most famous moves ever committed to celluloid: The legendary lift from 1987's "Dirty Dancing."   What an honor to pay homage to this iconic dance film. " Nobody puts Bindi in the corner." #teamcrikey #timeofmylife @bindisueirwin A photo posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Oct 16, 2015 at 12:57pm PDT A daring move to attempt, but Hough revealed that none other than Baby herself is helping the pair out.  "And before you ask, yes, Jennifer Grey is giving us tips! She's actually stopping by rehearsals today to check us out," he wrote in his blog for TV Guide on Thursday. "We can't disappoint her! I guess it was easy to give us 'Dirty Dancing'  ...
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Bindi Irwin And Derek Hough Recreate That Legendary 'Dirty Dancing' Lift
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Bindi Irwin has been killing it this season on "Dancing with the Stars." The 17-year-old nabbed high scores again on this week's show, following up an emotional tribute to her late father Steve Irwin with dance partner Derek Hough that earned her a near-perfect score.  Now, the pair are taking on one of the most famous moves ever committed to celluloid: The legendary lift from 1987's "Dirty Dancing."   What an honor to pay homage to this iconic dance film. " Nobody puts Bindi in the corner." #teamcrikey #timeofmylife @bindisueirwin A photo posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Oct 16, 2015 at 12:57pm PDT A daring move to attempt, but Hough revealed that none other than Baby herself is helping the pair out.  "And before you ask, yes, Jennifer Grey is giving us tips! She's actually stopping by rehearsals today to check us out," he wrote in his blog for TV Guide on Thursday. "We can't disappoint her! I guess it was easy to give us 'Dirty Dancing' because ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Irwin
    FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 44
    Sir David Attenborough was an inspiration to Irwin, according to his widow. When presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to Attenborough after Irwin's death at the British National Television Awards on 31 October 2006, Terri Irwin said, "If there's one person who directly inspired my husband it's the person being honoured tonight.
    More Details Hide Details Steve's real, true love was conservation – and the influence of tonight's recipient in preserving the natural world has been immense." Attenborough reciprocated by praising Irwin for introducing many to the natural world, saying, "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was, he was a born communicator." Irwin, after his death, was described by Mark Townend, CEO of RSPCA Queensland, as a "modern-day Noah." British naturalist David Bellamy lauded his skills as a natural historian and media performer. Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki paid tribute to Irwin, noting that "humanity will not protect that which we fear or do not understand. Steve Irwin helped us understand those things that many people thought were a nuisance at best, a horror at worst. That made him a great educator and conservationist." After his death, the vessel owned by the environmental action group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was renamed. Shortly before his death, Irwin had been investigating joining Sea Shepherd's 2007–2008 voyage to Antarctica to disrupt Japanese whaling activity. Following his death, the organisation suggested renaming their vessel, and this idea was endorsed by Terri Irwin. Regarding the ship and its new name, Terri said, "If Steve were alive, he'd be aboard with them!"
    Family and friends of Irwin held a private funeral service in Caloundra on 9 September 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Irwin was buried in a private ceremony at Australia Zoo later that same day; the grave site is inaccessible to the zoo's visitors. Prime Minister Howard and Queensland Premier Beattie had offered to hold a state funeral, but Irwin's family decided this would not be appropriate and—in the words of his father—he would have preferred to be remembered as an "ordinary bloke". On 20 September, a public memorial service, introduced by Russell Crowe, was held in Australia Zoo's 5,500-seat Crocoseum; this service was broadcast live throughout Australia, the United States, the UK, Germany, and Asia, and it is estimated to have been seen by over 300 million viewers worldwide. The memorial included remarks by Prime Minister Howard; Irwin's father Bob and daughter Bindi; his associates Wes Mannion and John Stainton; and celebrities from Australia and around the world. Anthony Field of The Wiggles partly hosted the service, often sharing the screen with various animals, from koalas to elephants. Australian music star John Williamson sang "True Blue", which was Irwin's favourite song. In a symbolic finish to the service, Irwin's truck was loaded up with gear and driven out of the arena for the last time as Williamson sang. As a final tribute, Australia Zoo staff spelled out Irwin's catchphrase "Crikey" in yellow flowers as Irwin's truck was driven from the Crocoseum for the last time to end the service.
    On 4 September 2006, Irwin was on location at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland, taking part in the production of the documentary series Ocean's Deadliest.
    More Details Hide Details During a lull in filming caused by inclement weather, Irwin decided to snorkel in shallow waters while being filmed in an effort to provide footage for his daughter's television programme. While swimming in chest-deep water, Irwin approached a stingray with an approximate span of two metres (6.5 ft) from the rear, in order to film it swimming away. According to the incident's only witness, “All of a sudden stingray propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds”. Irwin initially believed he only had a punctured lung; the stingray's barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death. The stingray's behaviour appeared to have been a defensive response to being boxed in. Crew members aboard Irwin's boat administered CPR and rushed him to shore. Medical staff pronounced him dead at the scene.
    Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean's Deadliest.
    More Details Hide Details The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship was named in his honour.
    As a part of the United States' "Australia Week" celebrations in January 2006, Irwin appeared at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.
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  • 2005
    Age 43
    In 2005, Irwin provided his voice for the 2006 animated film Happy Feet, as an elephant seal named Trev. The film was dedicated to Irwin, as he died during post-production.
    More Details Hide Details Another, previously incomplete scene, featuring Irwin providing the voice of an albatross and essentially playing himself, was restored to the DVD release. Irwin was also involved in several media campaigns. He enthusiastically joined with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service to promote Australia's strict quarantine/customs requirements, with advertisements and posters featuring slogans such as, "Quarantine Matters! Don't muck with it". His payments for these advertising campaigns were directed into his wildlife fund. In 2004, Irwin was appointed ambassador for The Ghan, the passenger train running from Adelaide to Alice Springs in the central Australian outback, when the line was extended all the way to Darwin on the northern coast that year. For some time he was sponsored by Toyota. Irwin was a keen promoter for Australian tourism in general and Queensland tourism in particular. In 2002, the Australia Zoo was voted Queensland's top tourist attraction. His immense popularity in the United States meant he often promoted Australia as a tourist destination there.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    In June 2004, allegations were made that he disturbed wildlife (namely whales, seals and penguins) while filming a documentary, Ice Breaker, in Antarctica.
    More Details Hide Details The matter was subsequently closed without charges being laid. After questions arose in 2003 about Irwin being paid $175,000 worth of taxpayers' money to appear in a television advertisement and his possible political ties, Irwin told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that he was a conservationist and did not choose sides in politics. His comments describing Australian Prime Minister John Howard as the "greatest leader in the world" earned him scorn in the media. Irwin was criticised for having an unsophisticated view of conservation in Australia that seemed more linked to tourism than to the problems Australia faces as a continent. In response to questions of Australia's problems with overgrazing, salinity, and erosion, Irwin responded, "Cows have been on our land for so long that Australia has evolved to handle those big animals." The Sydney Morning Herald concluded with the opinion that his message was confusing and amounted to "eating roos and crocs is bad for tourism, and therefore more cruel than eating other animals".
    Bindi Sue is jointly named after two of Steve Irwin's favourite animals: Bindi, a saltwater crocodile, and Sui, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who died on 23 June 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Irwin was as enthusiastic about his family as he was about his work. He once described his daughter Bindi as "the reason he was put on the Earth." His wife once said, "The only thing that could ever keep him away from the animals he loves are the people he loves even more." Although the Irwins were happily married, they did not wear wedding rings; they believed that in their line of work, wearing jewellery could pose a hazard to them and/or the animals.
    A controversial incident occurred during a public show on 2 January 2004, when Irwin carried his one-month-old son, Bob, in his arm while hand-feeding a chicken carcass to Murray, a saltwater crocodile.
    More Details Hide Details The infant was close to the crocodile, and comparisons were made in the press to Michael Jackson's dangling his son outside a German hotel window. In addition, some child welfare groups, animal rights groups, and some of Irwin's television viewers criticised his actions as irresponsible and tantamount to child abuse. Irwin apologised on the US NBC show Today. Both he and his wife publicly stated that Irwin was in complete control of the situation, as he had dealt with crocodiles since he was a small child, and based on his lifetime of experience neither he nor his son was in any danger. He also showed footage of the event shot from a different angle, demonstrating that they were much farther from the crocodile than they had appeared in the publicised clip. Terri Irwin said their child was in no more danger than one being taught to swim. No charges were filed; according to one journalist, Irwin told officials he would not repeat the action. The incident prompted the Queensland government to change its crocodile-handling laws, banning children and untrained adults from entering crocodile enclosures.
    He was also nominated in 2004 for Australian of the Year – an honour which was won that year by Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before his death, Irwin was to be named an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland's School of Integrative Biology. On 14 November 2007, Irwin was awarded the adjunct professorship posthumously. In May 2007, the government of Rwanda announced that it would name a baby gorilla after Irwin as a tribute to his work in wildlife conservation. Also in 2007, the state government of Kerala, India named the Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre at Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in his honour; however, Terri objected that this action had been taken without her permission and asked the Kerala government in 2009 to stop using Irwin's name and images – a request with which the state government complied in mid-2009. Irwin was a passionate conservationist and believed in promoting environmentalism by sharing his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching to people. He was concerned with conservation of endangered animals and land clearing leading to loss of habitat. He considered conservation to be the most important part of his work: "I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species." Irwin bought "large tracts of land" in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the United States, which he described as "like national parks" and stressed the importance of people realising that they could each make a difference.
    In 2004, he was recognised as Tourism Export of the Year.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    In November 2003, Irwin was filming a documentary on sea lions off the coast of Baja California Peninsula in Mexico when he heard via his boat's radio that two scuba divers were reported missing in the area.
    More Details Hide Details Irwin and his entire crew suspended operations to aid in the search. His team's divers searched with the rescue divers, and Irwin used his vessel to patrol the waters around the island where the incident occurred, as well as using his satellite communications system to call in a rescue plane. On the second day of the search, kayakers found one of the divers, Scott Jones, perched on a narrow rock ledge jutting out from the side of a cliff. Irwin and a crew member escorted him to Irwin's boat. Jones did not recognise Irwin. The other lost diver, Katie Vrooman, was found dead by a search plane later the same day not far from Jones' location. In 1997, while on a fishing trip on the coast of Queensland with his father, Irwin discovered a new species of turtle. Later given the honour of naming the newly discovered species, he named it Irwin's turtle (Elseya irwini) after his family. Another newly discovered Australian animal – a species of air-breathing land snail, Crikey steveirwini, was named after Irwin in 2009.
    In 2003, Irwin fronted an advertising campaign for The Ghan, a passenger train operating between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin.
    More Details Hide Details A Pacific National NR class locomotive was named Steve Irwin as part of the campaign.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 40
    In 2002, Irwin and his family appeared in the Wiggles video/DVD release Wiggly Safari, which was set in Australia Zoo and featured singing and dancing inspired by Australian wildlife.
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    Irwin's only starring feature film role was in 2002's The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, which was released to mixed reviews.
    More Details Hide Details In the film Irwin (who portrayed himself and performed numerous stunts) mistakes some CIA agents for poachers. He sets out to stop them from capturing a crocodile, which, unknown to him, has actually swallowed a tracking transmitter. The film won the Best Family Feature Film award for a comedy film at the Young Artist Awards. The film was produced on a budget of about US$12 million, and has grossed $33 million. To promote the film, Irwin was featured in an animated short produced by Animax Entertainment for Intermix.
  • 2001
    Age 39
    In 2001, Irwin appeared in a cameo role in the Eddie Murphy film Dr. Dolittle 2, in which an alligator warns Dolittle that he knows Irwin is going to grab him and is prepared to attack when he does, but Dolittle fails to warn Irwin in time.
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  • 2000
    Age 38
    A 2000 FedEx commercial with Irwin lightheartedly dealt with the possibility of occupational death from snakebite and the fanciful notion that FedEx would have saved him, if only FedEx were used.
    More Details Hide Details Under Irwin's leadership, the operations grew to include the zoo, the television series, the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation (later renamed Wildlife Warriors), and the International Crocodile Rescue. Improvements to the Australia Zoo include the Animal Planet Crocoseum, the rainforest aviary and Tiger Temple. Irwin mentioned that he was considering opening an Australia Zoo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and possibly at other sites around the world.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, Irwin continued, working with director Mark Strickson, to present The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on several episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    Steve and Terri spent their honeymoon trapping crocodiles together. Film footage of their honeymoon, taken by John Stainton, became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter. The series debuted on Australian TV screens in 1996, and made its way onto North American television the following year.
    More Details Hide Details The Crocodile Hunter became successful in the United States, the UK, and over 130 other countries, reaching 500 million people. Irwin's exuberant and enthusiastic presenting style, broad Australian accent, signature khaki shorts, and catchphrase "Crikey!" became known worldwide. Sir David Attenborough praised Irwin for introducing many to the natural world, saying "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was, he was a born communicator." American satellite and cable television channel Animal Planet ended The Crocodile Hunter with a series finale titled "Steve's Last Adventure." The last Crocodile Hunter documentary spanned three hours with footage of Irwin's across-the-world adventure in locations including the Himalayas, the Yangtze River, Borneo, and the Kruger National Park. Irwin went on to star in other Animal Planet documentaries, including Croc Files, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and New Breed Vets.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 30
    They were engaged four months later and were married in Eugene on 4 June 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Together they had two children: a daughter, Bindi Sue Irwin (born 24 July 1998), and a son, Robert Clarence "Bob" (named after Irwin's father) Irwin (born 1 December 2003).
  • 1991
    Age 29
    In 1991, Irwin met Terri Raines, an American naturalist from Eugene, Oregon, who was visiting wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Australia and had decided to visit the zoo.
    More Details Hide Details According to the couple, it was love at first sight. Terri said at the time, "I thought there was no one like this anywhere in the world. He sounded like an environmental Tarzan, a larger-than-life superhero guy."
    Irwin took over the management of the park in 1991 and renamed it Australia Zoo in 1992.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Age 8
    Irwin was born on his mother's birthday to Lyn and Bob Irwin in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He was of Irish descent on his father's side. He moved with his parents as a child to Queensland in 1970, where he attended Landsborough State School and Caloundra State High School.
    More Details Hide Details Irwin described his father as a wildlife expert interested in herpetology, while his mother Lyn was a wildlife rehabilitator. After moving to Queensland, Bob and Lyn Irwin started the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Steve grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles. Irwin became involved with the park in a number of ways, including taking part in daily animal feeding, as well as care and maintenance activities. On his sixth birthday, he was given a scrub python. He began handling crocodiles at the age of nine after his father had educated him on reptiles from an early age. Also at age nine, he wrestled his first crocodile, again under his father's supervision. He worked as a volunteer for Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management program and captured over 100 crocodiles, some of which were relocated, while others were housed at the family park.
  • 1962
    Age 0
    Born on February 22, 1962.
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