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The Irwins and Animal Planet are teaming up once again.
Twenty-two years after Steve Irwin and his wife Terri captivated audiences with their wildlife adventures on The Crocodile Hunter, the family is continuing his legacy and conservation work at the Australia Zoo in their new show, Crikey! It’s the Irwins.
Terri, along with son Robert and daughter Bindi, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio to discuss reuniting with Animal Planet and keeping Steve’s mission alive.
“I think all the stars aligned and we kept in touch with each other as life went on and it was just perfect timing,” Terri said on working with the network.
The show takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the Irwin family’s Australia Zoo in Queensland, showcasing them caring for a variety of animals and educating on how to protect wildlife and the environment.
“Because we live right in the middle of the Australia Zoo and we have the most hands-on zoological facility on the planet, the idea is all the animals need to have a good day, they need to be having fun and interaction and it’s taking you on our journey of conservation and protecting the environment, as well,” Terri said.
Bindi added: “We’re lucky to do what we love, which is work with wildlife and be so involved with all our conservation work, but we’re also able to take other people on the journey with us, which is something very, very unique to our little lives. That’s what’s really special and something dad was passionate about.”
Crikey! It’s the Irwins is the family’s first show on a cable network since Steve’s death in 2006 after he was stung by a stingray. Steve and Terri have clearly passed on their passion for wildlife to Robert and Bindi, which they plan to do with their own children someday.
“I think it’s always been our biggest passion, wildlife and conservation, and it’s just always been a part of us. Having the upbringing and family that we’ve had, it’s impossible not to be passionate about wildlife,” Robert told THR.
He continued: “We just really, really live and breathe it every day and Bindi and I feel really blessed to be in a position where we can inspire so many people and really keep dad’s mission and his dream alive because he was totally the most passionate and enthusiastic person on the planet when it came to wildlife and he really instilled that passion in us.”
‘Crikey! It’s the Irwins’ airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet.
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