It didn’t even matter to me that Steve Irwin wasn’t there that day – his love, passion, and enthusiasm for animals was evident everywhere in the zoo.
The day after our visit, I heard Arrmaitee tell a friend of his over the phone that he had seen “most beautiful crocodile yesterday,” and went on to describe the feeding exhibition with one of the crocs, Agro. I had to smile, because Steve Irwin’s overall message of conservation and passion about the animals he loved so dearly had clearly gotten through.
I am saddened that someone who lived life so passionately and who cared so much about animals is no longer with us. I am saddened for his wife and two little kids. I am saddened for everyone at Australia Zoo. Maybe he lived life dangerously, but it’s still a tragedy that he is gone. The world is a little less bright today without him.