‘Crocodile hunter’ Steve Irwin’s family launch new show

LONDON: The family of late Australian conservationist and "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin are following in his footsteps with a new television show dedicated to their wildlife conservation work.

"Crikey! It’s the Irwins" will follow Irwin’s wife Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, looking after animals at their Australia Zoo in Queensland as well as heading out on various expeditions.

Terri, wife of the late Steve Irwin, her daughter Bindi and son Robert, pose together at the launch

Irwin, who was watched by audiences around the world in his popular television programmes, died in 2006 after a stingray’s serrated barb pierced his heart while filming off Australia’s northern Great Barrier Reef.

"We are continuing on in dad’s footsteps and everything that we do today at Australia Zoo and with our Wildlife Warriors work is exactly what he started," Bindi Irwin said of the family’s conservation organisation in an interview for Reuters.

"In the show we’ll have some amazing moments of reflecting on what he used to do, from feeding crocodiles to cuddling koalas. and then you’ll see us doing the exact same things making sure that everything he loved the most carries on into the future." 

Bindi Irwin, who has previously had her own television show, will be seen working at the zoo’s wildlife hospital. Her brother said the family also takes trips abroad.

"Also we travelled to so many different places all over the globe," Robert Irwin said.

"We’ll take you to Africa. We’ll take you to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll take you up north to remote northern Queensland where we do our crocodile research. It’s all about wildlife, it’s all about conservation and fun as a family."

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"Crikey! It’s the Irwins" debuts on Oct. 28 on Animal Planet.

(Reporting By Jayson Mansaray; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Gareth Jones)