Wildlife Warrior

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Today is September 4th 2014. It has now been 8 years since the death of one of my greatest heroes.Steven Robert Irwin. In that time, and unlike what my comforting mother, and friends assured me, it has not become easier. In the years since his passing I have watched as animal media feed into the hands of the uneducated, sensationalist, and often even cruel TV show hosts only content in showcasing the brutality, and deadly aspects of wildlife. I have seen no one step up to the plate, no one fill that void he left in the world. Consider this an open letter, to all those as tragically in love with the natural world as I. Get out there, be loud, show your self and your love to the world, educate, experience, and just and just freaking live. We are but one species on what may be the most biodiverse planet in the universe. So get up, and make some damn noise, lose the fear, and show them what you love.

       “Because people want to save, the things that they love.”

             We all miss you mate. 

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I saw this over on Facebook and just about cried through the whole thing. Robert truly is his father’s son. I dare you to get through this without tearing up.

“In battle, all men are like the wolf, and must rely on their comrades to survive. Beyond the field, the knight is different. He must be disciplined and masterful, of a singular mind. Intrepid. Mindful. At peace within himself. Always prepared to go where he is needed. Even if, like the wolf he is both admired for his strength and feared. The knight must learn to be alone.”
  ― Jay Valdez

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        Remembering Steve Irwin, an open letter to animal lovers. 

Today is September 4th 2014. It has now been 8 years since the death of one of my greatest heroes.Steven Robert Irwin. In that time, and unlike what my comforting mother, and friends assured me, it has not become easier. In the years since his passing I have watched as animal media feed into the hands of the uneducated, sensationalist, and often even cruel TV show hosts only content in showcasing the brutality, and deadly aspects of wildlife. I have seen no one step up to the plate, no one fill that void he left in the world. Consider this an open letter, to all those as tragically in love with the natural world as I. Get out there, be loud, show your self and your love to the world, educate, experience, and just and just freaking live. We are but one species on what may be the most biodiverse planet in the universe. So get up, and make some damn noise, lose the fear, and show them what you love.

       “Because people want to save, the things that they love.”

             We all miss you mate. 

My idol!

When I first saw the crocodile hunter on tv when I was young he just amazed me of his love for wildlife. He got me into crocodilians so much that they became my favorite ever since watching him talk about them,I watched every episode, every movie,every interview because I wanted to learn more about animals. He made me love Australia and animals so much more.

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Japan banned from Antarctic whaling

As promised, here’s a link to an article explaining the ban. 

Many of you may be familiar with the so-called “scientific” whaling by watching Sea Shepherd battle these guys on Animal Planet’s Whale Wars. There’s finally a legal ban on it. 

Today is an amazing day for whales, and another small step in protecting wildlife.

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It really bugs me that people are only talking about her in the context of having a boyfriend or dating. 

This is why she is important. 

Steve Irwin

In my environmental class this morning, we were talking about famous Conservation Biologists. It’s always hard to relate to a lot of the older people that we always tend to learn about first. Granted i’m not saying the things they did weren't incredible, but i can only take in so much from reading about them without actually hearing them speak or seeing them do their work. Eventually though my teacher started getting into the people that my generation knows. We spoke about Jane Goodall briefly but then my teacher put up a slide of Steve Irwin. Honestly my heart completely sank. He showed us a video and for whatever reason i literally fought back tears the entire time. It’s not that i had forgotten about him, it’s more so i forgot just how much he influenced me as a kid. He was my hero. I’ve seen every episode of every one of is TV shows, i saw his movie, i even had an entire birthday party dedicated to him. Seeing the way that he cared about animals, the way he treated them, inspired me so much. Whenever i would go out and try to catch frogs or snakes i always found myself mimicking him in a way. I always found myself trying to love everything that way that he did. Looking at his life now, i even notice the way that he treated his family and friends. He had nothing but absolute love for them. He made me want to save the world. He made me want to make a difference. 

Talking about all of this now makes me see how far I've come; how far I've fallen from what i wanted to be. I’m constantly making excuses for myself. Constantly complaining about school and wishing it wasn’t a requirement for making a difference. Constantly thinking that i don’t matter. I’m so caught up in what my own society has taught me that i can’t even think straight. But, the thing is, Steve’s even proof that education isn’t everything. He barely graduated high school and look at what he still accomplished. It makes me wonder if my life would be any different if he were still alive, or if the lives of others would be any different. He alone changed the world so much. 

I don’t know, maybe i’m just rambling because i’ve been so emotional lately. But, for what it’s worth i’m sorry. I’m sorry i forgot about how much you influenced me as a kid. I’m sorry i gave up on all my dreams. I’m sorry that i haven’t done my part in changing this world. I’m sorry that i became so cold and stopped loving. 

I’m going to change. I can’t give up just because life is hard. It’s always going to be hard but maybe that’s what makes it worth living. I’m going to make more mistakes along the way but maybe those mistakes will help shape me or the people around me for the better. I’m going to fall but i’ll be sure to always get back up. When i see others on the ground i’ll try my absolute best to pick them back up as well. I’ll teach people how to love because our world needs more of it. I’ll find a way to make peace with myself no matter how long it takes. I’ll be the best that i can be. I’ll make a difference in this world. I swear it. 

I guess the last thing that i have to say it thank you. You’ve been gone for 6 years yet you’ve managed to change my life once again. You’re an inspiration and you’ll never be forgotten; neither will your message. You’ll always be my hero. 

I’ve been teased most of my life for “Trying to be Steve Irwin.” but when I look at the people in the media I can’t think of a one I would want to be more. He was every quality I value in my life and nothing bad can come from being a kind, hardworking, empathetic, goofy, nature fanatic in khaki shorts. His knowledge of animals was not something you could just read in a textbook, it was from years of close interactions with wildlife that gave him an almost supernatural insight to their behavior. So when people say “Hey look it’s the croc hunter!” even if they are making fun of me, it makes me smile from ear to ear. I will never be ashamed of it.

I know I'm just one guy...but,

I need to get better, I need a crew, I need to get my message out there, I need the attention span of the meme and gif generation to pass and the shock-jockeys, and big media to stand aside. I need to show people the beauty and wonder of animals and I need your help. I can not do this by myself…..I need your support.

I just want to save, the things that I love.