Robert Clarence Irwin was born on December 1, 2003 and the abundance of energy he brings to Australia Zoo is contagious!
At only 12 years old, Robert is a chip off the old block, and with his cheeky grin and natural curiosity, he loves nothing more than catching lizards and skinks, learning about wildlife and the Australian bush, and hanging out with his much-loved sister, Bindi. His hobbies include mountain biking, palaeontology and photography.
Like his mum and sister, Robert has also been quite the jetsetter and travelled all over the world attending special events like the Emmys and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards as well as many trips to incredible natural locations to explore environments and wildlife around the world.
Robert travelled to South Africa in 2009 for an exciting filming project, making his cameo appearance, alongside star sister Bindi in the full-length feature film Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
Both Wildlife Warriors, Bindi and Robert received the 'Biggest Greenies' award at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in 2009, dedicating it to their dad Steve and the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve (SIWR) in Cape York. This was topped off by their induction into the "Hall of Slime" in 2011.
Every year, Robert is stoked to be a part of the annual Australia Zoo crocodile research trip on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in far north Queensland, helping the experienced croc team catch and tag crocodiles with tracking devices before releasing them back into the wild. Robert is super keen to learn all he can about the natural behaviours and migratory patterns of these modern-day dinosaurs!
Robert is keen to share his world-wide wildlife journeys, so much so that he stars on his own Australia Zoo TV channel 'Robert's Real Life Adventures'. When Terri, Bindi and Robert are on the road travelling together, you can follow their exciting adventures online. Woo-hoo!
Australia Day 2012 was a very exciting day for Robert, as he publically fed Australia Zoo's American alligators for the first time, much to the delight of zoo guests. This was followed by a significant milestone on his 10th birthday in December 2013, when Robert fed his very first saltwater croc in Australia Zoo's world-famous Crocoseum which he continues to do today!
Robert has also co-created his own popular book series: "Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter" for which he completed the illustrations.
In November 2013, Robert, Terri and Bindi earned the greatest reward ever when after campaigning for seven years, the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - a special conservation property dedicated to Steve - was finally declared safe from mining by the Queensland State Government.
In 2013, Robert starred alongside Terri and Bindi in Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors, which was nominated for a prestigious 2013 TV Week Logie Award. That same year Robert was nominated for a Logie for ‘Most Popular New Talent’.
2014 and 2015 marked another significant milestone for Robert. He co-hosted his very own first TV series called Wild But True, airing on the Discovery Kids Channel throughout South East Asia and the Discovery Kids Channel on Foxtel in Australia. Following on in his dad’s footsteps, the TV series about bio-mimicry allows Robert to share his passion for wildlife and conservation with the world.
In 2016, Robert continues to travel around the world with his family visiting locations from the African savannah, to the mountains of New Zealand, cities in America and Europe and all throughout the Australian bush while he completes his schooling.
This March was jammed packed with fun. After arriving home from an awesome trip to America, visiting Florida, Texas and Oregon to do some great conservation work, we spent a few days here at my home at Australia Zoo. Then we were heading off...
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