Steve Irwin was perhaps the best, and most iconic thing to ever come out of Australia. His passion and enthusiasm for nature and animal conservation had the whole world hooked, and he consistently stressed the importance of respecting our planet and the animals that we share it with.
Since his tragic death in 2006, his legacy has been continued. Steve left behind his wife and 2 children but, in true Irwin fashion, they have worked to make sure that Steve's work isn't forgotten.
And his son, Robert, in particular, has grown to become a mini-me version of Steve. Robert has gained much attention in recent years, partly due to his animal conservation and wildlife photography, but mainly to his loveable likeliness to his father.
And now, Robert has announced that he has graduated high school a whole 2 years early... On top of his tireless conservation work at his dad's zoo. Keep scrolling to read more about the teenager's incredible accomplishment...
Steve Irwin was an inspiration to everyone who watched him.
via: GettySteve Irwin, often dubbed “The Crocodile Hunter," was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, and TV personality. He rose to fame with his many wildlife documentaries, including The Crocodile Hunter and The Croc Files.
Irwin introduced many of us to the natural world.
via: GettySteve had a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and nature like no other. His handling of dangerous animals, like saltwater crocodiles and snakes, shocked many people across the world. But his main goal was to educate his audience and to show them how we can live peacefully alongside these formidable animals.
He did a remarkable amount of work for animal conservation and protection.
via: GettySteve founded the Wildlife Warriors Worldwide foundation, which protects habitats and wildlife, creates breeding and rescue programs for endangered species, and leads scientific research to aid conservation. He also owned Australia Zoo in Queensland, which explored new techniques and strategies in the conservation of endangered and extinct wildlife.
Steve's way with animals was unique and, quite simply, mesmerizing to watch.
via: GettySo his untimely death in 2006 hit hard. The world went into mourning when the news came in about Steve’s tragic death. While filming for the documentary, Oceans Deadliest, in Batt Reef, just off the coast of Queensland in Australia, Steve was stabbed in the chest by a stingray.
He left behind a wife and 2 children.Steve’s wife, Terri Irwin, was left to raise their 2 children, Bindi and Robert Irwin, single-handedly. In an emotional interview on the Australian TV show, Ahn’s Brush With Fame, Terri recalled the last time that she saw her husband: “I remember him at the airstrip waving goodbye. That was the last time we saw him."
And Terri decided to continue on with Steve's legacy.
via: GettyThe surviving Irwins found a way to channel their grief into a perpetual memorial for the husband and father. All 3 of them, to this day, continue his work at Australia Zoo, and have all devoted their lives to animal conservation and bringing awareness to the causes that were close to Steve’s heart.
Fast forward thirteen years...
Their likeness to their dad is simply uncanny.
via: GettyBindi, who is now twenty-years-old, and Robert, who is fifteen, have kept Steve’s memory alive in the best possible way – through their love and passion for animals and wildlife conservation.
But Robert, in particular, has a prominent likeliness to his dad.
We all remember the time that he appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show...
Robert is now a wildlife photographer.
His passion for wildlife is evident.
And he regularly posts tributes to his late father.
And, with a busy schedule like Robert's...
What an amazing accomplishment.
He made his announcement over Instagram...
And his mom, Terri, was quick to share her excitement over her son's impressive accomplishment.
So proud of @RobertIrwin. Today he graduated high school. Two years early. Well done! I feel incredibly blessed to… https://t.co/JMNNc9plHq— Terri Irwin (@Terri Irwin)1572000243.0
His doting sister was also quick to join in with the congratulations.
Robert, you are AMAZING! We love you so much ❤️🎉 https://t.co/A53Hhjl5xI— Bindi Irwin (@Bindi Irwin)1572000335.0