Steve Irwin

Stephen Robert Irwin (1962 - 2006)

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Stephen Robert (Steve) "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin
Born in Fern Tree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australiamap
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Son of [private father (1930s - unknown)] and
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Husband of [private wife (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private daughter (1990s - unknown)]
Died in Batt Reef, Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Feb 2018 | Last significant change: 7 Sep 2018
06:40: Campbell Braddock answered a question about Steve Irwin [Thank Campbell for this]
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Categories: Australian Notables | Beerwah, Queensland | Conservationists | Zoo Keepers | Methodists | Essendon, Victoria.

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Stephen Robert Irwin was born on the 22nd February, 1962, in Upper Fern Tree Gully, Victoria. He moved with his parents and two sisters to Beerwah, Queensland, where his folks opened the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970.

Steve grew up loving all wildlife, especially reptiles. He caught his first venomous snake (a Common Brown) at the tender age of six and would often arrive late to school after convincing his mother to pull over so he could rescue a lizard off the road.

By the time he was nine-years-old, he was helping his dad catch small problem crocodiles hanging around boat ramps by jumping on them in the water and wrestling them back into the dinghy. He always had an uncanny sixth sense when it came to wildlife and he spent his life honing that skill.

In the 1980s Steve spent months on end living in the most remote areas of far North Queensland catching problem crocodiles before they ended up shot by a poacher's bullet. He worked with his little dog, Sui, and developed crocodile capture and management techniques that are now utilised with crocodilians around the world.

By 1980, the family wildlife park was called the 'Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park' and where Steve called home. Steve and his best mate, Wes Mannion, worked countless hours caring for the wildlife and maintaining the grounds.

In 1991 Steve took over managing the wildlife park and met Terri Elizabeth Raines, a visiting tourist, on 6 October. Steve and Terri were married in Eugene, Oregon, on the 4th June 1992 at the Methodist church Terri's grandmother used to attend.[1]

Instead of a honeymoon, the couple embarked on filming a wildlife documentary with John Stainton from the 'Best Picture Show' company. The show was so successful it turned into a series and the Crocodile Hunter was born.

After Steve's parents retired in the 1992 Steve worked tirelessly to improve and expand his wildlife park. Renaming it Australia Zoo in 1998, Steve's vision for the world's best Zoo was coming to fruition. In July 2006 Steve set out his ten year business plan for his beloved zoo. He couldn't know he would be gone just two months later, but he believed his conservation work would go on. His two beautiful children will make sure it does.

He died on 4th September 2006 in Port Douglas, Cairns Region, Queensland[2]


  1. Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-1924, 1946-2008 Name Stephen Robert Irwin Gender Male Marriage Date 4 Jun 1992 Marriage Place Lane, Oregon, USA Spouse Terri Elizabeth Raines
  2. Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current Name Steve Irwin Birth Date 22 Feb 1962 Birth Place Essendon, Moonee Valley City, Victoria, Australia Death Date 4 Sep 2006 Death Place Port Douglas, Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia Cemetery Australia Zoo Burial or Cremation Place Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia Has Bio? Y Children Sui Irwin URL

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On 5 Sep 2018 at 17:46 GMT Debbie (Fink) Thomas wrote:

Steve Irwin is 25 Degrees from Debbie Thomas

On 16 Feb 2018 at 19:14 GMT M (Foreman) F wrote:

I have connected his wife Terri to the global wikitree. Since she has her own wikipedia entry and therefore must be public, can you please remove the privacy lock here on Irwin's wife ? Thanks

Steve is 22 degrees from SJ Baty, 23 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 22 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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