Robert Irwin, who is the late Steve Irwin’s son, is proudly following directly in his father’s footsteps in terms of wildlife conservation. At just 15 years old, he has been featured on a slew of talk shows with his animals, has a show on Animal Planet with his sister and mother, and is an award-winning photographer as well.
Not only has Robert inherited all of the good-looking genes from his father, but he also has inherited his father’s charming personality, excitable demeanor, and genuine love for his work.
People is one of the networks that love the Irwins as much as we do and has interviewed the family on multiple occasions. In one video, which Robert actually posted to his Instagram account, there was also a voiced segment from his mom, Terri, talking about how Steve wanted their kids to eventually take over the wildlife conservation for them when they eventually passed away (although it happened for him far too soon).
“‘We’ve got to have children. Like, who do we leave all this to? Who’s going to carry on?'” remembers Terri. “And I go, ‘You do know that just because you have kids doesn’t mean they’re going to want to do what you do.’ And he goes, ‘Oh no. They will. They definitely will.”
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Robert works at the Australian Zoo alongside his mother and his sister, Bindi. Robert has particularly invested time in the same line of work his dad loved to do, which was crocodile rescue and research. The Australian Zoo has also partnered with programs such as Green’s General Foods, Fauna & Flora International, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
These partnerships, in turn, help the Irwin family and the zoo to aid in the rescue of endangered species, further their overall animal research, and general conservation.
In addition to the partnerships which have helped the Australian Zoo grow and flourish, they also offer a plethora of education programs and other ways for outsiders to get involved in conservation efforts. One of these options consists of adopting a real wild animal (we wish). Don’t worry, you’re not taking home a live tiger or mountain lion.
These are real animals that are currently located at the zoo, but your one-time ‘adoption’ payment goes directly towards wildlife conservation funding. “Steve and I are committed to making a difference by working to maintain the environment for future generations. Your donation or sponsorship helps Australia Zoo to take care of its wonderful animals,” Terri says on the official website.
We’re so glad that Robert Irwin is following in his father’s footsteps along with sister Bindi and mom Terri. This trio sure knows what it means to take care of creatures in need and the environment, and they’re doing a wonderful job of educating people about stereotypically “scary” species.
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Check out the video below of a tribute to Steve and Robert’s beautiful father-son relationship:
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.Whizzco