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Steve Irwin’s family open elephant sanctuary, fulfilling one of his greatest wishes

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The late, great, Steve Irwin devoted his life to his family and the conservation of wildlife.  With his wife, Terri as support, he hosted the famous edutainment series, “The Crocodile Hunter” and founded the “Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation.” His influence was so huge, November 15 has been named ‘Steve Irwin Day’, internationally. Is legacy lives on in his family who continues the work he started. Terri and their children, Bindi and Robert just opened an elephant hospital in Indonesia.

“We just — just — finished one of his greatest goals, which was to open an elephant hospital in Indonesia.”  Terri Irwin told Buzzfeed News“In Sumatra, when Elephants step on a landmine or they get caught in a snare there was no hospital to treat them, and we now have just opened an elephant hospital, so it’s pretty special.” 

Luke Reavley, a staff member at the Australian Zoo, which Steve and Terri developed together, commented: “Steve Dreamed of opening an elephant hospital after witnessing first-hand the issues they were facing in the wild.”

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Dad first created the term ‘Wildlife Warriors’. Being a Wildlife Warrior means to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Together we have protected nearly half a million acres of conservation property. We have cared for over 86,000 wildlife patients at our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital with the goal of giving each animal a second chance at life and releasing them back to the wild. We support cheetah and rhino conservation work in Africa and employ a team of 60 rangers in Sumatra to dismantle illegal tiger snare traps. We’ve funded and participated in over 50 conservation studies, learning more about how to better protect our wildlife and wild places. We have filmed across the globe hoping to educate and inspire everyone to believe in their strength to change the world. We have dedicated our lives to standing up for Mother Earth. It’s up to ALL OF US to make a difference for the generations to come. The future is in our hands. 💙

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The Australian Zoo and other organizations funded the Elephant Hospital, staffed with veterinarians who will be training local Indonesian team members on elephant care and micro-chipping.  Micro-chipping will assist the staff to better keep track of the elephant populations.

“I think for us as a family we always want to make sure that his legacy continues,” said Bindi. “Because Dad always said, ‘I don’t care if people remember me, I care if people remember my message.’”

Terri, a lifelong conservationist, started a rehabilitation center for injured predator animals at the age of 22. Their children were born into a life living and learning about wildlife conservation and share their parents’ passion for wildlife. Bindi and Robert continue Steve’s legacy to protect wildlife with typical Irwin enthusiasm and passion.

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