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"The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Erwin Dead at 44

Known as "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Erwin was killed by a Sting Ray
near Port Douglass
Filming a documentary near Port Douglass at at Batt Reef a sting ray's barb pierced his heart
attemps to revive him were unsuccsessful.

Rest in peace dude you were kooky but you stood up for animal rights

We Will Miss You 04.Sep.2006 07:21

Earth

A Man Of Peace.

Crikey! 04.Sep.2006 09:25

rAT

This guy taught a whole new generation of kids about the horrible situation wildlife faces in the world today. He may have been a bit hyper, but he was for real in his love and respect for animals, and his concern for endangerment was genuine. He was a modern equivalent of Jacques Cousteau in that he became a respected international voice for conservation via his global television fame. Too bad. The animals and their environments need all the friends they can get these days. Crikey!

Spelling mistake 04.Sep.2006 09:57

Me

You mispelled his last name. It is Steve 'Irwin', not 'Erwin'.

HECCA SAD 04.Sep.2006 20:05

Alex Winter alexwinter_2000@yahoo.com

JEEZ Im hecca sad that Steve died!! :*( Me And my mom Love his show on Animal Planet. WE LOVED HiM EVEN THOUGH WE NEVER REALLY MET HiM!! BEST WiSHES TO YOUR FAMiLY ~*~*R.I.P*~*~ StEvE Irwin A.K.A. "THE CROCODiLE HUNTER" ~_::.A #1 FAN.::_~

Crikey! His wife's from Eugene, Oregon 04.Sep.2006 21:31

me

R.I.P steve, very sad.


"Irwin was a passionate conservationist and believed in promoting environmentalism by sharing his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching to people. He was concerned with conservation of endangered animals and land clearing leading to loss of habitat. He considered conservation to be the most important part of his work: "I consider myself a wild-life warrior. My mission is to save the world's endangered species."[8] Irwin bought "large tracts of land" in Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the United States, which he described as "like national parks" and stressed the importance of people realising that they could each make a difference.[13]

He had urged people to take part in considerate tourism and not support illegal poaching through the purchase of items such as turtle shells, or shark-fin soup:

Steve Irwin said:

"These Hitlers use the camouflage of science to make money out of animals... So whenever they murder our animals and call it sustainable use, I'll fight it. Since when has killing a wild animal, eating it or wearing it, ever saved a species? There are people who butt out their cigarettes in gorilla-paw ashtrays, with wastepaper baskets that were once elephant feet, who have ivory ornaments... who wear cheetah fur. Don't buy these things! Then there'll be no market and the animals won't be killed. We have domesticated livestock raised for consumption and perfectly good fake leather and fur, so why must we kill wild animals to satisfy the macabre taste of some rich person? [14]"


Steve Irwin

He founded the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, which was later renamed Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, and became an independent charity.

He was described after his death by the CEO of RSPCA Queensland as a "modern-day Noah", and British naturalist David Bellamy lauded his skills as a natural historian and media performer.[15] Irwin discovered a new species of turtle that now bears his name, Elseya irwini Irwin's Turtle a type of snapping turtle found on the coast of Queensland. [16]

He also helped to found a number of other projects, such as the International Crocodile Rescue, as well as the Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund, in memory of his mother, with proceeds going to the Iron Bark Station Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Irwin, however, was criticised for having an unsophisticated view of conservation in Australia that seemed more linked to tourism than the problems Australia faces as a continent. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in 2002 that Irwin had stated:

"Here is my greatest gift to the world," he cries. "We need to stand proud of what is Australia ... the greatest grazing nation on the face of the Earth! The whole joint is grazing land ... and by crikey we're good at it! We should be ... [eating] beef and lamb, not kangaroos and crocodiles. They're why tourists come to Australia. They are tourism icons!"

In response to questions of Australia's problems with overgrazing, salinity, erosion, Irwin responded: "Cows have been on our land for so long that Australia has evolved to handle those big animals." The Sydney Morning Herald concluded that his message was confusing and amounted to "eating roos and crocs is bad for tourism, and therefore more cruel than eating other animals".[17]

Media image

Irwin cultivated an image as an "Aussie larrikin", making liberal use of Australian slang (such as his catchcry, "Crikey!") in a very broad Australian accent. His unabashed enthusiasm for dangerous animals and childlike energy sometimes made him appear simple, which initially drew some criticism at home. He expressed disappointment at times for media criticism, believing he was being targeted due to a cultural cringe.[18]

Regardless of local opinion, his media personage was very popular worldwide but especially in the U.S., akin to another great international Australian success Paul Hogan as "Crocodile Dundee" in the 1980s.[9]

His friends and family often reported that he was to them as he was to the rest of the world larger than life.[19]

Due to his memorable persona, numerous parodies of Irwin exist, including appearances in 2DTV, Irregular Webcomic!, The Basil Brush Show, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, the Flash cartoon On The Moon, The Simpsons, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Bumfights, the webcomic PvP, and an episode of South Park, among others.

Personal life

Family

In 1992, Irwin married Terri Raines from Eugene, Oregon, in the United States.

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwin

ian wallace 05.Sep.2006 08:20

huh?

steve irwin was a right wing chump that gave timid lectures to corporate types (for big bucks). go take a look at the politicos he hung out with, and stare at their record regarding the natural world. The current right wing Prime Minister was a huge, and i do mean huge fan.

Irwin offered platitudes and gave cover to the very forces that aim to exploit every square inch of the world.

not to mention the terrible example he set regarding fucking around with wild animals in their "home". It's amazing it took this long for something to defend itself from his molestations (makes great telly thought mate!).

while w e can certainly sympathize with his family and freinds for a lose, lets be a little more careful about praising a record that was at best superficial, at worst, green washing austrila's most reactionary and pro-corporate political elites.

timid 05.Sep.2006 08:59

lectures?

steve irwin was anything but timid - what an adjective! He was vivid and bold like paint splashed on a canvas allowing the viewer to form their own impressions while he remained himself - ur off track

Where are the responses? 06.Sep.2006 10:53

ranger

This thread is supposed to have 14 responses and there are about 6. This happens often. Why is IMC removing them, or is it just a software issue?

they weren't removed 06.Sep.2006 11:21

indydrone #667

they were moved to the discussion section (purple link underneath "add a comment")

Thanks! :) 06.Sep.2006 13:24

ranger

I thought there was a logical explanation! xxoo