By now, probably everyone has heard the news of the tragic death of Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter" on Animal Planet broadcasts. Some may not know that the Animal Planet is a part of the Discovery Communications group, and so Irwin’s death touches us all even more deeply. Here are a few excerpts from an official statement that appears on the Animal Planet web site:
"DCI Founder and Chairman, John Hendricks said, "Steve was a larger than life force. He brought joy and learning about the natural world to millions and millions of people across the globe. He was a true friend to all of us at Discovery Communications. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin as well as to the incredible staff and many friends Steve leaves behind."
DCI CEO and President, Judith McHale said, "I don’t think we will ever get over the loss of Steve Irwin, a human being of enormous heart, irrepressible enthusiasm and dedication to everything he touched."
To honor Steve and the enormous contribution he made to the world and to our company, DCI will rename the garden space in front of Discovery’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the "Steve Irwin Memorial Sensory Garden."
DCI is looking at the creation of the Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Fund, which we’ll affectionately call "The Crikey Fund" to honor Steve’s passion and exuberance for conservation and the animal kingdom. This fund will allow people from across the globe to make contributions in Steve’s honor to support wildlife protection, education and conservation. The fund in addition to contributions by DCI will also aid Steve’s Australia Zoo in Breewah, Australia as well as educational support for Bindi and Bob Irwin."
Many teachers and students are very familiar with the adventures of the "Crocodile Hunter" and have fond memories of his engaging personality and his unique style of speaking. I am curious to know how the death of Steve Irwin is being received by students in your schools and by other teachers who may have used his materials in their lessons. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.