The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) is a conservation property and a tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) is being threatened by strip mining. Cape Alumina Pty Ltd has lodged mining lease applications which include approximately 12,300 ha of the Reserve. Cape Alumina company documents indicate an intention to mine 50 plus million tons over a 10 year period commencing 2010. The greater part of this mine is on SIWR.
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Today November 15 is international Steve Irwin Day
On this day we take time to remember a great man and my personal hero, Stephen Robert Irwin.
For someone with such a big and loud personality the one thing that always stood out to me was his smile. The way his face lit up when he saw an animal he loved, that kind of pure joy like a child at christmas for every overturned leaf and rock. He was always smiling at something crawling or swimming beside him. Steve didn’t just share the natural world with us but his own world, his passion, his love. We got to experience every jolly laugh as he chuckled giddy at the sight of a snake spread across a dirt road or a spider he found in his shoe. Everything that swam, flew, or walked on the ground lit him up and we had a chance to be there. We got to feel what he felt every day of his life as he looked out into the bush. When he laughed, we laughed, when he smiled we smiled, and when he cried, you’re damn sure we cried too. He saw each of these creatures as a personal friend and treated them as such. I never got to know this man personally, but had I gotten the chance the first thing I’d do is thank him, for doing a kindness to the world, and all it’s creatures big and small.
This man was my legit hero, and he still holds a special place in my heart.
His show raised me while my parents were at work or fighting, and when he died I was devastated. It was like losing a real family member. One of my goals in life is still to go to his zoo, though I’m sad that I’ll never get the chance to actually see him there if only a glimpse.
Anyone who disrespects this man’s memory has never been passionate about anything in their life. Or they have been passionate but they never had the courage to use that passion to live their dreams.
Steve Irwin was both. He was passionate and enthusiastic about wildlife and its conservation. He used that passion to educate millions of people around the world about all species of animals, especially the most feared and hated species such as Crocodiles, Sharks and Snakes.
He loved wildlife the same way he loved his own family and everyday was an adventure for him. Few people can truly confess to living such a free and fantastic life.
He did so much for wildlife conservation without even mentioning it, such as buying land to create natural reserves free from human interference. Most importantly, he reached out to a generation of children who would have been bored by the traditional documentary style by interacting with the animals to show his love and enthusiasm.
This man was and still is a hero to many people, including me. For anyone to disrespect him or speak ill of him is ignorant. It displays a complete lack of understanding for who Steve was and what he represented and continues to represent to this day.
He is now watching us. It is our turn to make the difference that he started. I’m sure he’d be immensely proud of his children who are following in his footsteps. We can all make a difference by following his example.
My biggest idol and inspiration since I was a kid would have been 53 today. I am so sad that we lost such an amazing man even though it happened 8 years ago, because he taught everyone to love and respect all wildlife, no matter how dangerous it was. Just because an animal isn’t ‘cute’ or it has scales doesn’t make it any less important. Everything he did in his short life made a huge impact on this earth and I have always looked up to him.
Happy birthday Steve Irwin!