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Widow Says Irwin Death Tape Destroyed

Thu Jan 11, 9:32 PM ET

All footage of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s death has been destroyed, his widow said. Terri Irwin told TV’s “Access Hollywood” in an interview airing this week that the tape was destroyed when it was no longer needed for the investigation into his death.

Yahoo! Top Stories – Widow Says Irwin Death Tape Destroyed

Bindi Irwin nature series on hold for a year

Thu Oct 19, 11:11 PM ET
CANBERRA (Reuters) –
The 8-year-old daughter of Australia’s “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin is to wait a year before starring in a new TV nature series amid fears her childhood could disappear emulating her father’s animal exploits.
Bindi Irwin was next year to star in a 26-part series on Discovery Kids network, with the working title “Bindi, the Jungle Girl,” following her father’s death from a stingray barb.

But John Stainton, the family’s manager, said filming was on hold until he completed a year-long holiday in the wake of his close friend’s death.

Bindi Irwin nature series on hold for a year – Yahoo! News – click on the link for the rest of the article

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Australian Story – What Lies Beyond

Six weeks on from the death of the Crocodile Hunter, Australian Story explores the Steve Irwin legacy – and the moves that are already being made to ensure his work is continued.Bindi Irwin is interviewed for the first time. And Steve Irwin’s off-camera friend and manager, John Stainton talks revealingly about handling personal shock and grief in tandem with public mourning and a worldwide media frenzy.

At Irwin’s death, it was Stainton who stepped up to become the public face of the Crocodile Hunter phenomenon.

Now some of the focus is starting to switch to eight-year-old Bindi Irwin – a development that’s drawing criticism in some quarters.John Stainton acknowledges that there may be some negative reaction but says “I think that they (the critics) don’t understand that this little girl is very much enjoying what she’s doing. She is in control.”

Australian Story filmed on location this week as Bindi, accompanied by her mother, resumed work on the ‘Bindi the Jungle Girl’ program for the American Discovery Channel.The program goes behind the scenes of the last six weeks – and gets a glimpse of the future, with previously unbroadcast material from Bindi’s new program and candid behind-the-scenes footage captured during the Steve Irwin memorial event.

Australian Story

Australian Story, an Australian ABC television programme, featured the Irwin family as they continue their life sans Steve. is the podcast link. is the vodcast link and can be played on an iPod.

The Australian Story website has lots of interesting additional material including extended interviews with Bindi, John Stainton and Wes Mannion and an old interview with Steve Irwin himself back in 2003.

SMH: Irwin donations top two million

October 14, 2006 – 6:43PM

Funds for the Irwin family’s Wildlife Warriors charity are expected to skyrocket past the current two million mark as sales of the Steve Irwin’s memorial DVD begin this week.

Wildlife Warriors executive manager Michael Hornby said donations to the fund in the past month had reached $2 million – enough to fund its animal hospital and international programs for six to nine months.

Many of the donations were spurred on by Mr Irwin’s shock death on September 4, when the Crocodile Hunter was killed by a stingray barb in a diving accident on the Great Barrier Reef.

The one-hour public memorial service for the conservationist, which aired world-wide from Australia Zoo last month, has been made into a DVD which was released across Australia today.

The DVD will also sell in the US and Britain and all proceeds will go to the Wildlife Warriors.

Mr Hornby said hundreds of thousands of copies were expected to be sold which would fund the future of the charity, of which Irwin’s eight-year-old daughter Bindi is now the face.AAP

Irwin donations top two million – National –

Endangered: a living legacy of Steve Irwin

a living legacy of Steve Irwin

Leo Shanahan and Christine Sams
October 8, 2006
A RARE turtle named after the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin could be under threat of extinction if a dam planned for construction in its habitat goes ahead.

The Elseya irwini – Irwin’s turtle – is named as a species at risk in a Queensland Government environmental impact report on a proposal to build the Urannah dam in the state’s north.

The Burdekin Basin draft water resource plan, which addresses environmental implications of the proposed Urannah dam, states: “Elseya irwini is known to occur in this reach. This species is of high conservation significance and is restricted to the Broken-Bowen River system and the lower Burdekin River.

“The dam impoundment would compromise the reproduction and survival of the species in this area because of loss of riffle habitat and destruction of sandbars used for egg laying by inundation.”

Though yet to be approved, the dam was a given a major boost in August after the Queensland Government included it in the draft water plan. The Queensland Government has now backed away from the proposal, saying there are no “current plans to build the Urannah dam”.

The first person to catch the irwini was Steve Irwin’s father, Bob, on a fishing line during a family camping trip in 1990. The family were confused by the creature as nobody had seen it before. They suspected it might be new species.

Steve took pictures of the turtle and sent them to world renowned turtle enthusiast John Cann. “They took some photos of it and sent it to me, they didn’t know what they had,” Mr Cann said. “I saw the photos and jumped on the telephone because I knew it was a new species and asked Steve if I could do some work on it. He said, ‘go for your life’.

“That’s why I named it after him. I think if someone discovers something they should have a reward for it. It’s a good legacy for Steve.”

Meanwhile, Irwin’s voice will be used in a Hollywood film due for release in December. Before his death, Irwin voiced the role of a cartoon character, an elephant seal, which will appear in the film Happy Feet, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Elijah Wood.

SMH: Endangered: aliving legacy of Steve Irwin

Bindi Irwin’s Speech for her Dad