Steve Irwin, also known as "The Crocodile Hunter," was one of the world's most beloved television personalities. He lived and died for an with animals. His experiences and work touched literally countless lives and inspired humankind in ways virtually unparalleled. He is held in the highest of regards, along side the likes of Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross.
His tragic death in 2006 left a hole in the hearts of people across the globe but for the last few years, his children Binid and Robert have been working to fill that hole and quite frankly, they've been totally nailing it. In fact, it's easy to assume Steve would be incredibly proud of his children.
The globally renowned conservationist and TV personality is survived by his wife, Terri, and his two children Robert and Bindi.
21-year old Bindi Irwin has been a TV personality since she was 9, when she hosted Bindi the Jungle Girl, a wildlife docu-series.
Steve Irwin's parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, opened the Australia Zoo in the 1970's and to this day it remains in the care of the Irwin family.
According to Wikipedia, Robert Irwin hosts Robert's Real Life Adventures, a program on his family's zoo's internal TV network. He co-hosted the Discovery Kids Channel TV series Wild But True and co-created the book series Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter, and currently stars on the Animal Planet series Crikey! It's the Irwins with his mother and sister.
Recently, Robert Irwin shared a photo on his Instagram where he created an iconic image of his father feeding a crocodile... except Robert re-created the photo with the exact same photo 15 years later!
The caption read, "Dad and me feeding Murray... same place, same croc — two photos 15 years apart" with a heart and an emoji of a crocodile.
Steve Irwin considered conservation to be the most important part of his work, saying once, "I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species."
It would appear that despite the tragic loss of Steve's life, his mission lives through his children. On World Reptile and Amphibian Awareness Day, Robert said:
Since I can remember I’ve always had a deep fascination for all animals, but especially reptiles. Reptiles and amphibians hold an important place in the natural world, with amphibians in particular being an environmental indicator species, and are unfortunately usually the first to feel the effects of pollution, climate change and other pressures. It’s important to be aware of the significance of these beautiful animals!
It would appear that fans and admirers of the Irwin family agree with that sentiment, one telling Robert: "Can't begin to imagine ho proud he would be, Robert."
But honestly, I think we can all indeed imagine it would be very, very proud.
It's easy to see the Irwin legacy lives on.
Recently, Bindi got engaged to American boyfriend, Chandler Powell. Bindi shared on her Instagram that it was Robert who captured the moment Chandler proposed.
She also revealed that her brother, Robert, would be the one stepping into her late father's shoes to walk her down the aisle on her big day.
Chandler, a professional wakeboarder from Florida, has been dating Bindi since 2013. Reportedly, they met at the Australian zoo.
We cannot wait to see what the Irwin family has in store for the future.
What do you think of Steve Irwin and his family, a living legacy? Let us know how the Crocodile Hunter impacted your life in the comments!