Irwins to continue Steve’s legacy by making a return to Animal Planet
THE IRWIN family will be making a triumphant return to Animal Planet, the network behind the much-loved show The Crocodile Hunter, hosted by the late Steve Irwin, 11 years after his death.
The network made the announcement today and confirmed that Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be featured; however the shows form is yet to be finalised.
In an interview with USA Today Terri, Steve’s widow, said that it seemed like a good time to get things up and running as they already do so many things as a family.
Patrice Andrews, Animal Planet’s general manager, said that the return of the Irwin’s is a part of much larger attempt by the network to re-focus content on wildlife and to bring back the enthusiasm audiences had for characters like Steve.
“Steve was very much the face of our channel. People even today in focus groups bring up the impact of The Crocodile Hunter,” Patrice said.
“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature. Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today,” he added.
Earlier this year, Steve was awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry through the show.
Bindi and Robert, Steve’s two children have continued Steve’s passion for wildlife and conservation at the family’s famous Australia Zoo in Queensland.
Robert in particularly has shown a passion for wildlife photography, this year being announced as a finalist in AG’s Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
This won’t be the first time the two have graced the TV screen. Previously, Bindi won the Dancing with the Stars competition in 2015, and Robert has appeared as guest on Jimmy Fallon.
Bindi took to Twitter to announce her excitement for the return. “Crikey! So excited to announce that we are officially returning to @AnimalPlanet next year! We love the @DiscoveryComm family,” she wrote.
- Terri Iwin talks about the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
- Bob Irwin’s new memoir includes a never-before-seen letter from 32-year-old Steve.
- Steve Irwin’s legacy lives on in Cape York.