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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

4 September 2006

World loses great Australian Environmentalist

I was deeply shocked and saddened today to learn of the death of Steve Irwin.

While the world knew him as the “Crocodile Hunter” and as a colourful, quintessential Australian character, Steve Irwin was driven by an enormous and deeply held commitment to the environment and specifically Australia’s unique wildlife.

He was so successful because he believed passionately in his life’s work - the protection and conservation of our planet and its creatures and the promotion of our nation’s natural wonders.

He used his profile to promote that cause and made a great personal investment in it as the owner and manager of the world-renowned Australia Zoo. Steve also championed conservation through his own television series, Animal Planet documentaries and established the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation and International Crocodile Rescue.

My family and I were privileged to know Steve, his wife Terri and their two children Bindi and Bob. He was a great environmentalist, a devoted family man and a great Aussie bloke.

I extend my profound sympathy to Terri and the kids, Steve’s dad Bob and the team at Australia Zoo.

Steve’s passion for protecting Australian wildlife was infectious because of his incredible enthusiasm, energy, commitment and love for his life’s work.

He inspired millions of people across Australia and throughout the world to take an interest in the environment and to take practical action. He inspired me.

Steve Irwin will be mourned throughout the world and greatly missed.

Commonwealth of Australia