Steve Irwin, the famous television personality who died over 11 years ago, is going to get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
His daughter Bindi, son Robert (Bob), and his wife Terri will likely attend the ceremony, which is scheduled for April 26.
Wes Mannion, who was Irwin’s best friend and is also the director of the Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, will co-emcee the ceremony in Irwin’s honor.
Irwin was a worldwide star, but he was particularly famous in the United States due to his efforts at wildlife conservation—and in particular for his crocodile wrangling.
Irwin was 44 years old when he died on the 4th of September in 2006. He was filming on the Great Barrier Reef—he was struck with a barb to the heart by a stingray.
Wildlife warriors from all over the world will attend a dinner on May 5th to celebrate Irwin’s legacy and his life. The Steve Irwin Gala Dinner will be held in Beverly Hills.
In addition to Steve being honored on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the Irwins are going to star in a show on Animal Planet TV later this year. It will be done in Steve’s honor.
Recently, Terri, 53, and Robert, 14, appeared on television and spoke of the upcoming television show and their desire to honor Steve’s memory and legacy.
Robert said that the program is all about continuing his father’s “amazing work” as well as inspiring other people to become “wildlife warriors”.
Robert added that the family is excited for the new series, saying that it will be “absolutely amazing”. He also said there is never a dull moment at the Australia Zoo.
Robert was asked what Steve would have thought about the new show. He said that he thinks his dad would be proud—that is what the family hopes. Their mission, he said, is to continue his father’s legacy and do his work through the new show.
Steve Irwin was a larger-than-life character for many reasons. For example, he discovered a new species of turtle in 1997 while on a fishing trip with his father. After Irwin’s death, a species of land snail was named after him.
While he was alive, Irwin was awarded with the Centenary Medal by the government of Australia; he was also recognized as the “Tourism Export of the Year”. In 2004, he was nominated as Australian of the Year.
Shortly before he died, Irwin was going to be named as an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland.
He was also the posthumous recipient of an award—in 2015, he received a Queensland Greats Award.
As mentioned above, Irwin died in September of 2006. He was part of a production of the series “Ocean’s Deadliest”. He went snorkeling in shallow waters during inclement weather, and that’s when he encountered the stingray that would take his life. He was trying to get footage for his daughter’s television show.
Steve Irwin’s death is believed to be the only one caused by stingray to ever be captured on film. The footage of his death, however, was destroyed at the behest of his family.
The stingray, a cartilaginous fish that is related to sharks, is not typically aggressive. They only attack human beings when provoked; the stingray that caused Irwin’s death, for whatever reason, likely felt threatened. They will attack, for example, if they are stepped on. Typically, however, they are considered calm and friendly. In waterparks, human beings often interact with and even feed stingrays.
Injuries from stingrays are rarely life threatening; Irwin’s death is the result of his being stung in a vulnerable area of his body. The stinger ended up penetrating his thoracic wall.
Generally, contact with a stingray’s stinger causes swelling, pain, cuts, and muscle cramps due to their venom. Infections due to fungi or bacteria may result from contact with a stinger.
They are also edible; their flaps, liver, and cheeks are typically consumed.
There are over 200 known stingray species; sadly, many of them are either considered vulnerable or endangered, partially because of unregulated fishing.