Tuesday, September 12, 2006
My Tribute to a Fallen Comrade
(Steve Irwin, 22 Feb 1962 - 4 Sept 2006)
He started the whole TV wildife conservationsist phenomenon; common sense-deprived, hyperactive individuals who chased after animals which were more than inclined to bite your head-off based on general principles, and they all did this in the name of conservation. Steve Irwin shared his excitement about the natural world through his exploits on TV. He was concerned with conservation of endangered animals as well as the threats to them, most notably on the loss of habitat for these animals.
Even before Animal Planet brought his infectious enthusisasm to the couch potatoes the world over, Steve was already knee-deep in his conservations efforts and had already boughta a crap-load of land in his native Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and US. He turned them all into nature preserves. He had urged people to take part in considerate tourism and not support illegal poaching through the purchase of items such as turtle shells, or sharks-fin soup. He built the Australia Zoo to be one of the most famous zoo in the world which concentrated in educating and creating awareness amongst the public.
His death on 4 Sept 2006, was a massive blow to the wildlife community, however he had already built the foundations in which his work can be continued, not only by his family and friends, but by ordinary folks like you or I. As such, we should not mourn his death far too much but to celebrate what he did in his life and to take up the work in which he left behind. I never met the man personally. Now, I never will. However, I believe he still lives on, in the hearts of those who carry on the torch of wildife conservation.