Tremendous loss: Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter

Steve Irwin, beloved Animal Planet celebrity host, was killed during a filming expedition on the Great Barrier Reef.  It was a rare accident in which Steve swam over a stingray and was stung by its barb in his chest that took his life.  A doctor on board Croc One, Steve’s research vessel, was unable to resuscitate Steve and by the time he was reached by the rescue helicopter he had passed away.

Who will ever forget Steve’s energy, enthusiasm, passion for the animal world?   I know I will always picture him as a vibrant, inspiring, and entertaining guy who changed the way we look at the animal world.

And a special note from our headquarters…

Steve’s death is a tragic loss for all his of his family, viewers, fans, and animal friends.   Steve’s loss has been felt around the world, evident by the hundreds of heartfelt condolences that have already flooded into Steve’s fan site on

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.

What will you and your students do to honor Steve Irwin and his legacy?

Please share your comments if you are planning your own memorial.


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  1. Michele Futch said:


    I am in North Florida. I enjoyed reading your tribute to Steve Irwin. I shared with the N. Fla. group the great information you had on this post.


  2. Jan Wee said:

    Thank you for your comments! I think we all are totally at a loss. I hope we all will find a way to honor Steve Irwin and his legacy of conservation and love for the animal kingdom.

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