Bindi Irwin moves fans with ‘sweet’ tribute to her late father on the 17th anniversary of his passing

Sep 04, 2023
Tragically, on September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin's life was cut short while he was filming a documentary off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Source: Getty Images.

The world lost a beloved wildlife conservationist and television personality 17 years ago, but his legacy continues to thrive in the hearts of those who admired him.

Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, recently paid a moving tribute to her father on the 17th anniversary of his untimely passing, reminding us all that his passion for wildlife and his commitment to conservation still inspire generations.

On Monday, September 4th, Bindi took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute and a touching photo of her and her father, famously known as “The Crocodile Hunter”.

The post included a throwback photo of her and her dad examining a snake in the wilderness alongside a red heart emoji in the caption.


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Bindi’s tribute resonated deeply with her followers, many of whom expressed their admiration and gratitude for the Irwin family’s dedication to wildlife conservation while others reflected on the Crocodile Hunter’s admirable legacy.

“Such a sweet photo,” one fan wrote.

“Your dad is unique and will be in history for generations to learn about, admire, and cherish!!! To me, his greatest accomplishment, along with his precious wife, are the children he gifted the world with!!! You’re my heroes, and I will cherish you.”

“The greatest love of all.”

“Love this picture thanks for sharing.”

“We were in Maui – when the news broke … as we were on the cliffs overlooking the Bart ocean … 2 giant rare fish swam bye … we love your family,” another commented.

“Sad he’s not around to see how great his kids turned out!”

“So precious!! Wishing love to you all this week.”

Steve was born on February 22, 1962, in Australia. He adored wildlife from a young age, thanks to his animal-loving parents, Lyn and Bob Irwin. Growing up, Steve spent lots of time at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, owned by his family. This experience fueled his passion for creatures of all kinds.

In 1991, he took over the park, later named Australia Zoo, which quickly became a hub for saving animals, especially crocodiles. Steve’s fearless nature and love for animals made him the perfect fit for television and in 1996, he and his wife, Terri Irwin, co-hosted The Crocodile Hunter show. Steve gained worldwide fame for his iconic catchphrase, “Crikey!” and exciting animal encounters.

Tragically, on September 4, 2006, Steve’s life was cut short while he was filming a documentary off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. In a shocking incident, he was struck in the chest by a stingray barb. Despite immediate medical attention, he succumbed to his injuries, leaving the world in mourning for the loss of a true Wildlife Warrior.

Steve’s passing was met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from people all over the world, including fellow conservationists, celebrities, and fans who had been touched by his work. His legacy, however, continued through the tireless efforts of his family, who have remained committed to the cause of wildlife conservation.

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