In October, it was announced that the Irwin family will be making a return to Animal Planet. However, it is interesting to note that their roles won’t be limited to making appearances in various animal-themed TV shows. Instead, they will have a role in the development as well as the production of new TV shows not just on Animal Planet but also on other channels that share the umbrella of the Discovery Communications. Combined with the fact that the Irwin family will be serving as the ambassadors for the whole of Discovery Communications, this is a most fitting choice, seeing as how Terri Irwin and her children have been continuing the good work of Steve Irwin since his tragic death in 2006.
Who Are the Irwins?
For those who don’t remember Steve Irwin, he was an Australian zookeeper who went on to become a successful TV personality. Primarily, he became famous for a TV show called The Crocodile Hunter with his wife Terri, with the result that Steve is still remembered by a lot of people by that particular nickname. Regardless, the success of that TV show resulted in a number of other successful TV shows hosted by the couple, which in turn, provided their conservation efforts with a significant boost. In particular, it is interesting to note that the couple actually owned and operated the Australia Zoo in Queensland, which played an important role in their efforts to share their love of animals with other people.
Unfortunately, Steven was killed when he was filming a stingray while snorkeling in the water in 2006. The stingray is said to have been spooked by the presence of a human, with the result that it started striking him in the chest with the barb on its tail. One of those strikes managed to pierce his heart, with the result that Steve bled to death before the people with him managed to get him to a hospital on the Low Isles.
With that said, it should be noted that the Irwin family possess plenty of expertise and experience that can be applied to their new roles within Discovery Communications. As stated, Terri has been co-hosting TV shows since the start, meaning that she is a veteran when it comes to the TV screen. Likewise, both of the couple’s children Bindi and Robert have hosted TV shows for Discovery Communications in spite of the fact that they are 19 and 14, which is in addition to their appearances on other TV shows. For example, it is interesting to note that Bindi was one of the competitors on Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, where she actually emerged as the victor of the season.
Summed up, it is clear that Discovery Communications’s choice of the Irwin family to serve as its ambassadors is a sound one based on their previous experiences, particularly so because of the long relationship between them. As a result, one hopes that the Irwin family will use their new positions as well as the rest of their efforts to continue supporting conservationism as well as environmentalism as a whole not just in Australia but also throughout the rest of the world.