16 November 2012
Steve Irwin Day is a celebration of the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior, Steve Irwin. The day aims to celebrate the things Steve loved most - family, wildlife conservation and fun - while teaching others how they can KHAKI IT!
Terri Irwin hoped the celebrations would inspire future generations of Wildlife Warriors. "Steve had such a passion for doing his best to protect the planet, and he lived his life fighting to save wildlife and wild places," Terri said. "It is my hope that people will be inspired by Steve to do their best to make a positive difference."
Special guests John Waters, Melanie Schlanger and Darren Percival added their handprints to the Zoo's very own "Hollywood Walk of Fame", and Darren performed a barnstorming set live in the Crocoseum right before Terri, Bindi and Robert fed the crocs!
Later in the day, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, joined Terri Irwin in signing two Memoranda of Understanding confirming the state government's commitment to the ongoing protection of wildlife. The Royal Australian Mint also launched a brand new collector's coin on the day, featuring Bindi the saltwater crocodile, the first in a series to be spread over the next twelve years. Wooo-hoo!
The day was filled with hands-on activities promoting backyard conservation, including a possum box making workshop, a Witjuti Grub bushfood gardening exhibit, Little Green Thumbs joined in to educate the young ones on healthy eating and environmental awareness, Fried Mudd provided clay workshops and there were several Conservation Conversations throughout the day in our Billabong Bill Education Centre.
Not only that, kids had their faces painted, went on pony rides, entered our colouring competition, checked out a presentation by our Joey Ambassadors, got free massages and heard from children's musician and storyteller Renata Halpin at our Khaki It Kids Chill Out Zone.
All said and done, it was another jam-packed Steve Irwin Day, but with fantastic weather and a great crowd, we're already looking forward to Steve Irwin Day 2013!
Live Streaming Replay
For those of you who were unable to watch the live streaming of the Crocoseum action during Steve Irwin Day, you can now watch the proceedings via the Steve Irwin Day LIVE! page.
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