Irwin family bids farewell to Robert, 18, as he ‘prepares to fly the nest’


Irwin family ‘bids farewell to Robert, 18, as he prepares to fly the nest and follow in late father Steve’s footsteps – leaving sister Bindi heartbroken’

Robert Irwin has long spoken about his desire to follow in his late father Steve’s footsteps. 

And reports now claim the 18-year-old has made the momentous decision to leave his family home at Australia Zoo in Queensland and travel the world making nature documentaries – just like his dad. 

‘He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents built together, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did,’ a source told New Idea magazine on Monday. 

Robert Irwin, 18, (pictured) has reportedly decided to leave his family home at Australia Zoo in Queensland to fulfil his dream of filming nature documentaries abroad - just like his late father Steve

Robert Irwin, 18, (pictured) has reportedly decided to leave his family home at Australia Zoo in Queensland to fulfil his dream of filming nature documentaries abroad – just like his late father Steve 

‘He wants to be a mix of his dad and David Attenborough,’ the insider explained. 

Robert, who is an award-winning nature photographer, reportedly has his sights set on visiting South Africa, after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018. 

While Robert may have stars in his eyes. the insider claims his sister Bindi, 23, is feeling ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of saying goodbye to her beloved brother. 

'He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents built together, but he's ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did,' a source told New Idea magazine on Monday. Robert is pictured as a child with his father Steve

‘He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents built together, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did,’ a source told New Idea magazine on Monday. Robert is pictured as a child with his father Steve

Robert, who is an award-winning nature photographer, reportedly has his sights set on visiting South Africa, after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018

Robert, who is an award-winning nature photographer, reportedly has his sights set on visiting South Africa, after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018

‘She knows Robert deserves to live out his dreams and he’s excitedly telling her his plans, but it makes her very emotional. She’s never known a life without him,’ they claimed. 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Irwin family for comment. 

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago.   

While Robert may have stars in his eyes. the insider claims his sister Bindi, 23, (right) is feeling 'heartbroken' at the prospect of saying goodbye to her beloved brother

While Robert may have stars in his eyes. the insider claims his sister Bindi, 23, (right) is feeling ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of saying goodbye to her beloved brother

'She knows Robert deserves to live out his dreams and he's excitedly telling her his plans, but it makes her very emotional. She's never known a life without him,' they claimed. Bindi is pictured with Robert and her husband Chandler Powell (far left)

‘She knows Robert deserves to live out his dreams and he’s excitedly telling her his plans, but it makes her very emotional. She’s never known a life without him,’ they claimed. Bindi is pictured with Robert and her husband Chandler Powell (far left) 

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago

‘It is the greatest honour of my life to get to follow in my dad’s footsteps and help keep his legacy and mission alive. Especially when it comes to crocodiles,’ the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star wrote in his caption.

‘I feel closest to him being one-on-one with the animal he loved so much – a beautiful, powerful, prehistoric, misunderstood animal that commands a huge amount of respect.’ 

Robert concluded by encouraging his fans to ‘love, respect and coexist with these remarkable modern-day dinosaurs’.

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. 

Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Pictured: Steve and Terri Irwin

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Pictured: Steve and Terri Irwin

Following his death, Steve's family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell (left) have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast

Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell (left) have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast 

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