The Animal Planet’s own crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin of Australia, died of a stingray spine to the heart while snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in early September. We all thought him to be larger than life: His reflexes were as quick as his wit; he wrestled crocodiles; he pounced on snakes (but he was, oddly, scared of parrots). His Aussie “larrikinism” won him hordes of devotees around the world as he introduced the wonders of the natural world to a generation of captivated admirers. His enthusiasm was infectious. He made hideous creatures seem cool. Sometimes he crossed the line, but that was part of his charm. Fellow countryman and Indy contributor Brett Leigh Dicks offers his favorite Irwin-isms at right. We will miss you, mate.
1] I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment.”
2] Crikey, mate. You’re far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.”
3] Crikey means ‘gee whiz, wow!’”
4] Education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”
5] I put my life on the line to save animals.”