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Remembering Steve Irwin on his 57th birthday

Friday, February 22nd 2019, 4:57 pm - Friday, February 22 is what would have been 'crocodile hunter' Steve Irwin's 57th birthday.

He died on September 4, 2006 at 44 years old.

He was killed by a stingray while shooting a documentary at Batt Reef in Queensland, Australia.

People around the world have joined in to celebrate a man who made it his mission to save wild animals and their habitats.

Google even stepped up by featuring Iriwn in their doodle.

Here's a brief snapshot of some of the animals Iriwn advocated for.

KOALAS

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Part of Irwin's legacy includes the foundation of the Wildlife Warriors initiative, which has partnered with the Australia Zoo to protect wildlife. Koala conservation is one of the organization's flagship projects.

Other animals that have benefitted from the Wildlife Warriors program include:

BLACK RHINOCEROS

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Initiaitves include training K-9 Units to patrol and protect this critically endangered species from poachers and working with locals to anonymouslyhelp anti-poaching teams detect threats early and respond quickly.

CHEETAH

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Training and caring for guard dogs has contributed to "hundreds of thousands" of safe acres of habitats for cheetahs, according to the organization.

CAMBODIAN ELEPHANT

*Photo courtesy*

SUMATRAN TIGER

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Visit Wildlife Warriors to learn more and donate to the cause.

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