11 Years After His Tragic Accident, Steve Irwin's Family Is Finally Returning To Animal Planet
Noelle Talmon 10/31/2017
Australian zookeeper and conservationist Steve Irwin hosted The Crocodile Hunter from the mid-90s through 2007, and he entertained and educated audiences with his passion and dedication to wildlife.
The Crocodile Hunter was one of Animal Planet's most popular series, and it spawned several spin-offs, including Croc Files and The Crocodile Hunter Diaries. Each week, fans tuned in to watch Steve's animal antics. They also got to know his wife Terri and their small children, Bindi and Robert.
It's been over a decade since Steve Irwin's passing, and his family has finally decided to return to the small screen.
Patrice Andrews, general manager of Animal Planet, said in a press release:
"Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature. Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today. We are thrilled to have Terri, Bindi and Robert back in the Animal Planet family."
The family announced the news on Instagram, explaining how excited they were to once again share their love for wildlife with the world. Bindi noted:
"So watch out for next year. We have wonderful new adventures coming to your television screen."
The Irwins have been taking care of animals for generations. Steve's parents, Bob and Lyn Irwin, owned a small reptile and fauna park in Queensland, Australia. His father specialized in herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), while his mother rehabilitated wildlife.
Steve, like his future children, started working with animals at a young age. When he was just six years old, his parents gave him a 12-foot scrub python!
Steve and Terri met in 1991 when she was vacationing in Australia, and it was love at first sight. They got engaged four months later and tied the knot in 1992. Daughter Bindi Sue was born in 1998, and son Robert "Bob" Clarence was born in 2003.
Their daughter was named after Steve's favorite animals -- Bindi, a saltwater crocodile, and Sui, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who passed away in 2004. Bob was named after Steve's father.
Tragically, Steve passed away at the age of 44 in 2006 after a stingray stabbed him with its tail while he was filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s northeast coast.
Bindi was only eight years old and Bob was two when they lost their father.
Bindi and Bob have carried on their father's legacy. They help their mother Terri run the family's Australia Zoo and continue to educate others about animals and conservation.
Bob has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on several occasions with a menagerie of animals. He's also an accomplished wildlife photographer. Bindi competed on Dancing With The Stars in 2015 and won the coveted mirrorball trophy.
Terri won the Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership in Queensland and was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The University of Queensland in 2015.