Wildlife conservation is becoming increasingly important. With many habitats being destroyed and areas being polluted, thousands of species are going extinct at a rate similar to when the dinosaurs were dying out. But, one famous Australian family are trying to change our minds. You will remember Steve Irwin, the “crocodile hunter”. His family have continued his legacy of conservation, especially at the family zoo.
Steve Irwin’s wife Terri, as well as their two children Bindi and Robert, continue his conservation efforts. These include running Australia Zoo and performing in daily shows for visitors. These are all ethical shows, which just showcase how animals such as crocodiles feed. It is important to feed predators moving prey so they retain their predatory instinct. The easiest and most humane way of doing this is by having an expertly trained handler go into their cage and carry their food around. This gives the semblance that they are hunting and is important in conservation.
Obviously, this is only done by trained professionals. But, Robert inadvertently recreated a photo of his dad in one such demonstration. He posted the side-by-side pics on Instagram, along with a caption. “Dad and me feeding Murray… same place, same croc – two photos 15 years apart.”
Steve Irwin’s Legacy Of Conservation
The family emphasise the importance of animal conservation in interviews. Not long ago, Robert said, “I think now, even more so than when Dad was around, our wildlife is really being depleted as such an incredibly rapid rate. I think it’s so important that we can learn to love and respect all animals and natural places, not just the cute and cuddly creatures.”
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