Every year, on the 15th November, we on the Sunshine Coast lead the country in remembering a very special man who inspired millions to care about the scaliest and scariest of creatures our planet has to offer. This day is known as Steve Irwin Day.
Steve was a hero to thousands of people world-wide and was a superstar in his own right because of his insatiable and contagious passion for the natural world around us and its many beautiful and various inhabitants. Steve fought to save the lives of many of the world’s animals and gave his life in the effort of raising awareness of their plights. In memory of the great man, we on the Sunshine Coast band together to raise funds for the charity that continues his good work, the Wildlife Warriors, founded by Steve in 2002.
Hosted at Australia Zoo, the home that Steve and his family built for animals great and small, is a line-up of events for the whole family, with a conscience. The day begins at 8am when the doors are opened with a barbeque brekkie provided by Mix FM. They will be providing music and updates on the funds raised and events of the day throughout the day from the Zoo grounds. The official opening ceremony won’t be until 11:15am at the world famous Crocoseum, where Steve for so many years performed his infamous live feedings, with a live performance from the fantastically talented Justice Crew, followed by the Irwin’s themselves feeding the crocs at the lunchtime Wildlife Warriors show.
The day will be full of amazing sights and sounds. Throughout, there will be live performances from representatives of the native Gubbi Gubbi people and The Blenders, along with environmentally friendly workshops for the crafty green thumbs amongst you. There will also feature a ‘Khaki it’ tent, where visitors can learn from the real life Wildlife Warriors.
From the start, Steve lived to promote and encourage conservation efforts, and as part of Steve Irwin Day, Australia Zoo is offering the chance to be part of the discussions at the forefront of some of the most groundbreaking work in the field. Conservation conversations will be held in the Education Centre between 3.00pm – 4.00pm for everyone interested in current conservation activities being undertaken in Australia. In addition there will be the annual Lorikeet race through the Crocoseum, kiss-a- critter competitions, pony rides and face painting. Steve Irwin Day will be an unforgettable day for any budding little Wildlife Warriors and their family.
For more information visit the Australia Zoo Website.