Wayward crocodile captured

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A crocodile that moved to a beach resort in northeast Australia was captured early Friday for another move -- this time to a zoo or crocodile farm.

Anti-whaling activist says whaler shot him

SYDNEY, March 7 (UPI) -- A Canadian anti-whaling activist leader told Australian media Friday he had been shot by Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.
Debt collection company suing Irwin, zoo

Debt collection company suing Irwin, zoo

MELBOURNE, March 5 (UPI) -- A debt collection company is suing Terri Irwin and Australia Zoo for more than $2.5 million over transactions involving an offshore trust and a Singapore bank.
Steve Irwin's father leaves zoo

Steve Irwin's father leaves zoo

BEERWAH, Australia, March 3 (UPI) -- Bob Irwin, the father of late wildlife conservationist and TV personality Steve Irwin, has resigned from the family's Australia Zoo, a published report said.

Steve Irwin's son, 4, bitten by snake

BEERWAH, Australia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The 4-year-old son of late Australian wildlife conservationist and TV star Steve Irwin has been bitten by a non-venomous snake, a report said.

Whaling protesters chase Japanese ships

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Anti-whaling activists chased Japanese ships in Antarctic waters and the crew of one Japanese vessel held two protesters who jumped aboard.

Japanese whaler holding whale defenders

SYDNEY, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The captain of a Japanese whaling ship has reportedly agreed to release two anti-whaling activists being held on the vessel in Antarctic waters.

Thousands attend Steve Irwin Day

BEERWAH, Australia, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- About 6,000 people turned out for the first annual Steve Irwin Day at Australia Zoo to honor the late "Crocodile Hunter."

Saltwater crocodiles find their way home

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Australian scientists have discovered saltwater crocodiles have the ability to return to their home territory across significant distances.

Aussie saltwater crocs are homebodies

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Australian researchers have found there is no place like home for the country's fearsome saltwater crocodiles.

Zoo marks 1st anniversary of Irwin's death

BEERWAH, Australia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Australia Zoo says it planned to mark the first anniversary of Steve Irwin’s death with a quiet, private day of remembrance for family and friends.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007.
By United Press International

Aussie essayist assails Princess Diana

BRISBANE, Australia, July 27 (UPI) -- Australian writer Germaine Greer, who has often skewered the dead, is taking on the late British Princess Diana, calling her "slow" and "devious."

Australian park named after 'Croc Hunter'

BRISBANE, Australia, July 22 (UPI) -- "Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin, who died last year in a stingray attack, is being honored in Australia with a wildlife reserve named for him.

Aussie TV honors 'Crocodile Hunter'

MELBOURNE, April 24 (UPI) -- The Australian TV Hall of Fame is to posthumously induct "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin at its annual ceremony next month.
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Steve Irwin
In this file photo, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin wrestles a crocodile at an MGM luncheon at ShoWest 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 6, 2002. Irwin died September 4, 2006 after being fatally injured by a stingray. Irwin pulled its barb out of his chest before losing consciousness and dying, his manager said on Tuesday. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian television personality, wildlife expert, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together, the couple also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin's parents in Beerwah, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film entitled Ocean's Deadliest. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship MY Steve Irwin was named in his honour.

Irwin was born on his mother's birthday to Lyn and Bob Irwin in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He moved with his parents as a child to Queensland in 1970, where he attended Landsborough State School and Caloundra State High School. Irwin described his father as a wildlife expert interested in herpetology, while his mother Lyn was a wildlife rehabilitator. After moving to Queensland, Bob and Lyn Irwin started the small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where Steve grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles.

Irwin became involved with the park in a number of ways, including taking part in daily animal feeding, as well as care and maintenance activities. On his sixth birthday he was given a 12-foot (4 m) scrub python. He began handling crocodiles at the age of nine after his father had educated him on reptiles from an early age. Also at age nine he wrestled his first crocodile, again under his father's supervision. He worked as a volunteer for Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management program and captured over 100 crocodiles, some of which were relocated, while others were housed at the family park. Irwin took over the management of the park in 1991 and renamed it Australia Zoo in 1992.

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