Steve Irwin would have had his 50th birthday, today February the 22nd, if he hadn’t have died tragically in 2006 from an accident involving a stingray. I remembering hearing of his death in a lecture when my best mate at the time received a msg from his father telling him what he’d heard on the radio about the accident only 2hrs after it had happened.
He was definitely a strong force behind my love for animals from a young age, and my going to university to study biology and evolution. He probably did more than any other single person with regards to protecting our wildlife, raising money and awareness world wide, and teaching the public. Miss you Steve!