It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since Steve Irwin's tragic death shook the world. The devastating effect of the Australian's death was felt by millions of people worldwide and sent ripples through naturalist communities all over.
Nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter," the wildlife expert was famous for his television show of the same name, a documentary series that introduced many of us to the perilous and fascinating creatures of the world, namely his native Australia.
On September 4, 2006, Steve was tragically pierced in the chest by a string-ray whilst filming an underwater documentary film. He died shortly after and thus, we, together with his loving wife and young children, mourned the loss of a remarkable man.
Relive some of his best moments in the short, fan-made video below:
Thankfully, we have hours and hours of footage out there to remind us of how exceptionally talented, and how devoted, Steve really was to the animal cause. What he also left behind however, is an inspirational legacy that has continued to live on.
Below is a selection of quotes from Steve that continue to ring true today, which encourage us to be better human beings and to respect the natural world around us:
1. He reminds us that human beings are dangerous, too
“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”
2. He warns us to be careful and aware
“You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it’ll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it’s not even funny.”
Here he is with the deadliest snake on Earth:
And he's not even scared!
3. He urges us all to be conservationists
“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.”
4. He encourages us to love
“The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife.”
5. He wants us to learn about the animals of our world
“If we can get people excited about animals, then by crikey, it makes it a heck of a lot easier to save them.”
6. He even gives us advice on how to be 'winners'
“I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I've found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you'll be a winner.”
7. And finally, he says:
“I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.”
We will always admire his dedication and love for his craft and we can thank him for inspiring us to love all animals in the same way that he did.
We love you, Steve - you may be gone, but you aren't forgotten!