Robert Irwin pays tribute to his late dad Steve on Father’s Day


Robert Irwin pays tribute to his late dad Steve on Father’s Day: ‘It’s so important to me to remember and cherish all the special times’

Robert Irwin has paid tribute to his late dad Steve Irwin on Father’s Day.

The conservationist, 18, took to Instagram on June 20 – the day after international Father’s Day – to say it’s ‘so important to remember and cherish all the special times’.

He shared a throwback photo of himself as a young child holding onto Steve’s hand as they walked on a fallen tree trunk.  

Robert Irwin has paid tribute to his late dad Steve Irwin on Father's Day, sharing this throwback photo of himself as a young child holding onto Steve's hand as they walked on a fallen tree

Robert Irwin has paid tribute to his late dad Steve Irwin on Father’s Day, sharing this throwback photo of himself as a young child holding onto Steve’s hand as they walked on a fallen tree

‘Happy Father’s Day,’ he wrote. ‘I am thinking of my dad today and everyone out there who might not get to celebrate with theirs.

‘It’s so important to me to remember and cherish all the special times. Nothing but fun!’

His older sister Bindi, 23, commented below the post: ‘Love you so much.’  

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 in Queensland.

The latest show of support comes just days after Robert remembered his father on World Crocodile Day last week.

'Happy Father's Day,' Robert wrote on Instagram. ' I am thinking of my dad today and everyone out there who might not get to celebrate with theirs'

‘Happy Father’s Day,’ Robert wrote on Instagram. ‘ I am thinking of my dad today and everyone out there who might not get to celebrate with theirs’

His older sister Bindi, 23, commented below the post: 'Love you so much.'

His older sister Bindi, 23, commented below the post: ‘Love you so much.’ 

The teenager took to Instagram on June 18, the day after World Crocodile Day, to reveal it’s the ‘greatest honour’ to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Robert shared a photo of himself feeding crocodiles at Australia Zoo, which he contrasted with a throwback snap 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,’ Robert said.

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)

Robert, 18, paid tribute to his late father on World Crocodile Day last week. He shared this side-by-side photo to Instagram of the pair both feeding crocodiles at Australia Zoo years apart

Robert, 18, paid tribute to his late father on World Crocodile Day last week. He shared this side-by-side photo to Instagram of the pair both feeding crocodiles at Australia Zoo years apart

'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,' Robert said

‘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,’ Robert said 

‘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’. 

Earlier this month, Robert unveiled Australia Zoo’s latest venture that will help modernise the family business and aid conservation efforts. 

Earlier this month, Robert (pictured with an NFT artist) announced on Sunrise that Australia Zoo had launched its first NFT artwork series

Earlier this month, Robert (pictured with an NFT artist) announced on Sunrise that Australia Zoo had launched its first NFT artwork series

Robert announced the zoo had launched its first NFT artwork series.

‘This is the way of the world now and for us to be part of it, we feel very cool, very hip,’ he said on breakfast show Sunrise.

People can buy the NFTs, including pictures of Australia Zoo crocodiles, and collect them as part of a special series.

An NFT is a digital asset that is rare, valuable and stored on a blockchain.

Robert’s sister Bindi revealed in April that Steve’s dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo had finally come true.

Robert's sister Bindi revealed in April that Steve's dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo had finally come true

Robert’s sister Bindi revealed in April that Steve’s dream of opening luxury accommodation at Australia Zoo had finally come true 

The Crocodile Hunter Lodge will be open to guests at the popular Sunshine Coast tourist attraction from June.

Bindi shared the news on Instagram, saying it had been a long-held dream of her father’s to combine wildlife conservation with a five-star holiday experience.

‘The Crocodile Hunter Lodge. This luxury conservation accommodation for the whole family will start taking bookings in June,’ she told her 4.9 million followers.

‘Enjoy wildlife, fine dining and admission to Australia Zoo all included in your stay. Dad had dreamed about this for years and opening day is almost here.’

Robert said his mother Terri (second from right) struggled to understand the idea of a non-fungible token at first. Pictured with Chandler Powell (left) and Bindi Irwin (second from left)

Robert said his mother Terri (second from right) struggled to understand the idea of a non-fungible token at first. Pictured with Chandler Powell (left) and Bindi Irwin (second from left)

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