'All Steve Wanted Was For His Kids To Continue In His Work': Terri Irwin Remembers Her Husband's Legacy
The wife of the late crocodile hunter has spoken out about what Steve would think of his children carrying on his conservation work.
Appearing on 'People Now' on Wednesday to discuss their series 'Crikey! It’s the Irwins,' Terri gushed over her two children, saying, "I’m really proud because I know that all Steve wanted was for his kids to continue in his work and what he was doing,” she said.
As for whether she still worries about Bindi and Bob working with crocs, she added, “As Robert outweighed me, I stopped worrying. Like, you are way bigger and stronger than me, you’re fine.”
Terri then explained that Steve's work that the family carried on is beneficial in the sense that it puts the spotlight n animals that aren't traditionally cute and cuddly.
“I think he would love it because we always knew that Steve would say, ‘I don’t care if anyone remembers me as long as they remember my message.' So for us, it’s such an honour to continue his mission in making a positive change in the world, protecting wildlife,” she said.
She continued, “Particularly with crocodiles and with our new show and showcasing animals that aren’t traditionally cuddly, fluffy animals. He would always say, ‘Vultures are as important as eagles, and crocodiles are as important as koalas and we need to learn to love everything'."
Earlier this month, Terri revealed a sweet anecdote about the first time she and Steve met at Australia Zoo back in 1991.
“Well, it’s funny, because when Steve and I met, he asked me, ‘Would you like to meet my girlfriend?’” she told Us Weekly. “I just felt utterly crushed, and then he called out, ‘Hey, Suey,’ and here comes this little dog, Suey. I went, ‘Boom! No girlfriend!’”
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In a heartwarming coincidence, Bindi revealed that she and fiance Chandler Powell met in the very same way that Steve and Terri did.
“It’s just extraordinary,” she admitted. “We met in the same place at the Australia Zoo that Mum and Dad did. They have a photo of when they first met, and so do we, and we both have those silly little smiles.”
She continued, “Dad’s rocking his mullet, and Mom has her very much ’80s hair going. It’s so special. Just glowing.”
Steve tragically passed away in 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the heart by a stingray in Queensland.
Following his death, Bindi, Terri and Robert have carried on Steve's legacy and with their tireless efforts towards wildlife conservation as they continue to run the hugely popular Australia Zoo.