It may have been 16 years since the tragic death of Australian legend Steve Irwin, but every year on November 15, fans and loved ones come together to commemorate his life and legacy.
The “Crocodile Hunter’s” charming personality and extraordinary presence had won over the hearts of hundreds of people around the world, with his untimely death at the age of 44 rocking many to their core.
Since his death, November 15 has been dubbed Steve Irwin Day, an annual event nominated to pay tribute to the life of the beloved conservationist.
To kick off the day’s celebration, Steve’s daughter, Bindi Irwin, 24, took to social media to share a poignant video of her late father discussing his passion for wildlife conservation.
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“Conservation is my whole life, my whole persona. What I want to be remembered for,” Steve can be heard saying.
Many of Bindi’s fans were moved by the footage and proceeded to flock to her comment section to share the impact that Steve had left on them.
“He was a big part of my childhood growing up me and mom used to watch him on animal planet all the time back in the 1990s before there was ever any streaming services,” one person wrote.
“What a beautiful man he was! From the very first time I saw him, his pure heart never stopped. There hasn’t been another event in my life where a tragedy happened that affected me the way it did. But at least his family has his enthusiasm!!!!!” said another.
“This man right here is why I am going into zoology and wildlife conservation. I remember waking up at 7:10 to watch his show before school and always being fascinated by not just the animals but with Steve Irwin himself, he was just such a passionate and entertaining person. I remember when I heard of his death even at a super young age I remember not being in the best of moods when going to school that day. He is such an idol for me, all though I don’t have khaki shorts or pants I’ll make sure to watch the show,” added a third.
Even 16 years after his death, Steve Irwin’s legacy still remains strong. His children have proudly and tirelessly continued to work to keep their father’s passion alive.
Bindi often plays documentaries of her father for her 1-year-old daughter, Grace, who she claims has developed a heart-warming fixation with her late grandfather.
Meanwhile, younger brother Robert Irwin has launched his first-ever photography book, a project which he says was inspired by his father’s own passion for capturing nature.