Irwin Family Opens Elephant Sanctuary, Fulfilling One Of Steve’s Life Goals

We hurt nature in so many ways, and just a small number of people take care of the treasure that’s left. It’s time to do something in order to protect the wildlife and all the species that may go extinct.

Steve Irwin dedicated his life to protect the environment, and his impact didn’t go unnoticed. If by any chance you don’t know, November 15th is actually the “Steve Irwin Day.”

The name of the Crocodile Hunter was mentioned in every country of the world, and the show was watched by 500 million people from 130 countries.

Irwin founded the “Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation.” Conservation was a top priority for the brilliant man.

“I consider myself a wildlife warrior. My mission is to save the world’s endangered species.” 

Irwin’s wife, Terri is also a conservationist. At 22, she started a rehab center for injured animals. Their kids, Bindi and Robert, share the same passion for the nature.

In 2006, Steve was pierced by a stingray, and he died.

His legacy is still alive, and Terri and the kids have just opened an elephant hospital in Indonesia.

 “We just — just — finished one of his greatest goals, which was to open an elephant hospital in Indonesia,” Terri said.

“In Sumatra, when Elephants step on a landmine or they get caught in a snare there was no hospital to treat them, and we now have just opened an elephant hospital, so it’s pretty special.” 

Luke Reavley is a staff member at the Australia Zoo developed by the Irwins. Steve dreamed of opening a hospital, and his dream has become reality.


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Dad first created the term ‘Wildlife Warriors’. Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Together we have protected nearly half a million acres of conservation property. We have cared for over 86,000 wildlife patients at our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with the goal of giving each animal a second chance at life and releasing them back to the wild. We support cheetah and rhino conservation work in Africa and employ a team of 60 rangers in Sumatra to dismantle illegal tiger snare traps. We’ve funded and participated in over 50 conservation studies, learning more about how to better protect our wildlife and wild places. We have filmed across the globe hoping to educate and inspire everyone to believe in their strength to change the world. We have dedicated our lives to standing up for Mother Earth. It’s up to ALL OF US to make a difference for the generations to come. The future is in our hands. 💙

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The Australian Zoo and few other organizations fund the hospital. Veterinarians at the hospital educate Indonesians to take a good care of elephants.

In 2012, the Sumatran elephant was considered “critically endangered.” According to estimations, there are 2400-2800 elephants left. The World Wildlife Fund confirms the foundation has decreased by 80% in the past 25 years.

The decline occurred as a result of deforestation, human retaliation and poaching.

“I think for us as a family we always want to make sure that his legacy continues,” Bindi said. “Because Dad always said, ‘I don’t care if people remember me, I care if people remember my message.”