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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Steve Irwin Day.



You may not recognize them, not in khaki, but it really is the Irwin family.




November 15th has been declared Steve Irwin Day.



A huge crowd gathered today at Australia Zoo to celebrate the life of the late Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter”

On September 4th 2006 the world mourned the passing of Steve, killed when the barb of a stingray he was filming pierced his heart on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The celebrations today include; the unveiling of a life size statue of the family, Steve, Terri, Bindi, and Bob,

Robert (Bob) and Bindi embracing the Bindi portion of the bronze statue.

the launch of Terri’s new book “My Steve” (this may be released in the USA as “Me and Steve”)

performances by family friends Olivia Newton-John, and Jimmy Barnes,

Jimmy and Olivia were more suitably clothed in Khaki for their performances.

and the release of two new songs by Bindi Irwin.

In the words of Terri Irwin, Steve would have been proud but he would have said…. “It’s not about me, it’s about my Crocs.”

To round the day out it has been announced that Steve has been posthumously awarded an adjunct professorship by the University of Queensland, this had been on the verge of happening when his untimely death occurred in 2006.

Crikey! It's Prof Croc Hunter

Article from: AAP

By Jessica Marszalek

November 14, 2007 08:49pm

CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin has been posthumously awarded an adjunct professorship by the University of Queensland, a day before he's remembered on Steve Irwin Day.

Irwin's wife Terri was presented with the award from the university's School of Integrative Biology tonight while father Bob Irwin and staff from Australia Zoo watched on.

"I think that this would be such a tremendous honour to Steve," she said.

"This will be something the Irwin family will treasure forever."

She said that while she was proud of what her husband had achieved, she was excited about the future of the research project he had helped start.

The presentation followed a public lecture by Irwin's friend and colleague Professor Craig Franklin focusing on Irwin's contribution to crocodile research, including a project which tracked crocodiles' underwater movements from space.

He said the groundbreaking project had discovered wide travelling patterns – up to 900km – and that crocodiles had highly developed instincts which allowed them to find their way home after being relocated hundreds of kilometres away.

Prof Franklin said many of Irwin's fans underestimated just how much he had really contributed to conservation.

He said Irwin had "a long history" of publishing research papers and journals, and had even discovered a new breed of turtle – named Elseya Irwinii – in Queensland's Burdekin River 10 years ago.

Irwin had also achieved the extraordinary feat of being awarded an Australia Research Council linkage grant, he said.

"They're highly prestigious ... and that's quite something for someone who's outside of academia to be named investigator on such a grant," he said.












7 comments:

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Hello from the northern hemisphere, Peter the Great.

Reading this reminds me of how much we miss Steve. What a great broadcasting talent. So charismatic.

I remember the night I learned he died. I was playing Texas Hold'em with friends. I joked, "turn on the Discovery Channel. Maybe they're commemorating him."

My friends laughed. So we turned on DC, and sure enough, they WERE.

Great post, PTG.

kenju said...

It is really too bad that he wasn't given that professorship before he died!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Wow, Prof Croc Hunter! I'm impressed...I wonder if the crocs are.

It's hard to believe it's already a year since Steve died. His larrikinism is still missed...they broke the mould when they made him...even in bronze.

Suzz said...

Steve was enormously popular in the United States and inspired kids from coast to coast. It’s nice to know that his work is being carried on and his memory cherished around the world.

Walker said...

I think he deserves it and any other awards they have but I am sure its not what mattered to him the most in life.

I could see the pasion he had for his work and I think that was his award in life and his family of course

Great post

Jamie Dawn said...

I love Steve Irwin. He definitely deserves this honor.
Steve Irwin Day!!! Hooray!!!!
That photo of the Irwin family is superb.
His wife and kids are carrying on, and I am proud of them.

wazza said...

Gidday Peter,
Great post on Steve, Peter.
Loved the photo of the family where they were not dressed in Khaki.
Crikey that's a beaut shot.
Youse is missed Steve and it's good to see the family carrying on with Steve's work.
Well done Mate.