Musings of a Beaverton Teen: Steve Irwin and his family’s impact on my life

By Lani Garcia (12th Grader)

Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, was a legendary conservationist that inspired people around the world to love and care about all animals. While he unfortunately passed away before I got to discover his show, The Irwin Family is following in his footsteps and reaching out to a new generation. On October 28th, Steve Irwin’s wife (Terri) and kids (Bindi & Robert) are releasing their own new show called Crikey! It’s the Irwins and their new show is about their life at the Australia Zoo.

I first learned about the Irwins when I saw Bindi on Dancing with the Stars in 2015. I loved not only her passion for wildlife, but her positive attitude! Even after all she had been through, she always had a smile on her face. Then around last year I came across a video of Robert on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and that’s when I really fell in love with The Irwin Family! Robert’s enthusiasm for all of the animals he brought had me watching all of his Tonight Show appearances. Also the fact that Terri is from Oregon makes me an even bigger fan! They all motivate me to continue to volunteer at the Oregon Zoo as an animal specialist, and they’ve made a huge impact on my life.

I now have two t-shirts with some of Robert’s photography on them, and I’m subscribed to their seasonal Crikey! Magazine. I also visited Steve Irwin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So to say I was excited when I heard about their new show is a serious understatement. I hope you all get the chance to see it on Animal Planet starting this month!

Lani is a senior at Beaverton High School. As a ZooTeen, she volunteers at the Oregon Zoo during the summer. She plays piano & guitar, and enjoyed doing dragon boats this past year.